Friday, January 11, 2008

Riverside California DUI attorney update

California DUI lawyer news

The Riverside Police Department has been granted $503,000 to fund for the 2007/2009 Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) in order to reduce California DUI Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and street racing-related collisions which causes over a hundred deaths and a couple hundred injuries each year.

The portion of the grant will fund positions that enable the police officers to administer roving patrols to identify California DUI Drunk drivers as well as speed violators.

In addition to roving patrols to locate drivers that are California DUI under the influence of alcohol and narcotics, California DUI checkpoints will be conducted in all areas of Riverside to cite unlicensed, uninsured, and also vehicles with illegal modifications.

Riverside's Sergeant Skip Showalter emphasizes how irresponsible driving is a threat to public safety. "You have a driver's license that requires you to drive safe. Take racing to the tracks and keep racing off the streets," he added.

There are major consequences to dangerous driving. Since street racers as well as spectators violate Riverside's Municipal codes, racers can get their license suspended, face time in jail if convicted, or do time in prison any victims were injured or killed.

Moreover, according to the Riverside police department, there are a vast amount of crimes that is associated with street racing such as "shootings, stabbings, assaults, carjacking, looting, vandalism, insurance fraud, and graffiti." In part, the main goal of the STEP Program is to put a stop to California DUI's and street racing. As a consequence, all the other related crimes would slowly reduce its crime rates.

Not only does the STEP program are being applied on the streets, the Riverside police officers are taking the program into the schools by making presentations to educate young drivers regarding the dangers of illegal street racing.

Along with the police officers, Trais Hand, a teenage driver who was convicted for a street racing fatality in 2006, speaks at the presentation to warn to students that it could happen to them if precautions are not taken.

The student presentations mainly reach out to high school and college students because the age group that participates in street racing is between the ages of 18-25 and are mostly males. Riverside police officers have already spoken to over a thousand students and have been to the majority of high schools in the Riverside area. The only two schools that have yet to be informed are Ramona and Norte Vista High school.

Part of the educational program besides the presentation is to train officers to detect vehicles with illegal modification that are most common in street racing vehicles.

The STEP program has been proven to be successful. There has not been a fatality due to street racing-related collision since February 2007.

The benefits of this program are "safer streets...and it keeps people from getting killed," said Showalter.