Tuesday, August 19, 2008

California DUI crackdown coming up

California DUI defense lawyers are told California DUI sobriety checkpoint in Salinas on Friday, Aug. 29, extra California DUI patrols in Carmel, Monterey, Soledad and California State University, Monterey Bay along with freeway saturation by the Monterey and King City offices of the California Highway Patrol will mark the Avoid the 18 Labor Day weekend county California DUI crackdown.

All police departments in the county will emphasize California DUI enforcement with officers on regular beats, said Sgt. John Lynn of the Salinas Police Dept., campaign coordinator.

CHP cruisers will flood the freeways all weekend as captains of King City and Monterey area commands in the county assign nearly all their officers to road duty.

Officer Jim Covello of the Monterey squad says officers will concentrate on State Route 1 under a grant and mentions that that “the importance of DUI enforcement is addressed several times a week in briefing.”

The four-day blitz over the Labor Day weekend starts at the first minute of Friday and ends at midnight Monday, Sept. 1.

The crackdown is part of a nationwide summer DUI prevention effort sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that focuses on combining high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness.

“A DUI arrest can also do extensive harm to your life, even if you walk away from a crash," Lynn said.

“You can face jail time, lose your license and see your insurance rates go through the roof. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of your current employment or future job prospects. No employer wants to see a DUI on a job application. People tell me that the personal humiliation is difficult to describe.”

Director Christopher J. Murphy of California Office of Traffic Safety, Avoid the 18’s funding agency, called 2007 “nothing short of a monumental year for traffic safety in California,” citing the drop of the number of people injured on the state’s roadways to the lowest level in 25 years.

After the third annual Click it or Ticket campaign, Murphy saw the state’s seatbelt use increase to 94.6 percent, meaning that more than a million more people are buckling up.

There are 41 Avoid campaigns in California, each named for the number of law enforcement agencies in each county. They involve more than 450 law enforcement agencies and hit the roads again for a 22-day winter holiday crackdown starting Dec. 14 and ending at midnight on January 2, 2009.

California DUI attorneys are impressed by this effort. www.SanDiegoDrunkDrivingattorny.net/articles