Thursday, August 28, 2008

California DUI criminal defense attorney checkpoint post

California Drunk Driving DUI criminal defense attorneys the Pasadena Police Department will be conducting a DUI Saturation program on Friday August 29, 2008. This California Drunk Driving enforcement program will be deployed throughout the Pasadena area. The hours of California Drunk Driving operation will be between 7:00 pm – 3:00 am.

This California Drunk Driving program is an effective tool for achieving the Pasadena Police Department’s goal of reducing impaired/drunk driving related accidents and associated injuries. These California Drunk Driving programs also educate the public in regards to safer driving habits and consequences of drinking and driving. The potential for an impaired driver to become involved in a traffic collision is greater due to a driver’s slowed response or poor decision making while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Funding for this California Drunk Driving program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

On August 26, 2008 from 8:00 PM – 2:00 AM, the Santa Cruz Police Department conducted a California Drunk Driving DUI Sobriety Checkpoint near Seabright Avenue and Murray Street. California Drunk Driving police also conducted a third directed enforcement operation in the lower Seabright area in response to numerous community complaints about an increase in violence stemming from drug and alcohol use. Over the last month, the lower Seabright area has experienced one stabbing, multiple fights, a DUI injury collision involving a pedestrian and various noise violations. The greatest number of calls stem from Tuesday night promotions and activities at the lower Seabright bars and restaurants.

During the California Drunk Driving checkpoint, 529 vehicles entered the California Drunk Driving checkpoint and the drivers contacted to determine if they had been drinking and/or showed objective signs of drug use. The number of vehicles going through the checkpoint is the highest number recorded in a California Drunk Driving checkpoint in 2008. Twenty-nine of those vehicles were directed into the secondary screening area for further investigation. Of the persons sent to the secondary screening area, 18 citations were issued and 2 were arrested, one juvenile for DUI and one for being under 21 with a blood alcohol level of .01 or greater.

During the directed California Drunk Driving enforcement operation from 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM, Police saw a significant decrease in the number of people and problems in the area. Police issued only one citation, which was for an open container. Over the course of 3 directed enforcements, Police issued a total of 26 citations and made 12 arrests. The arrests ranged from felony cocaine possession to public intoxication. Police received compliments from neighbors and business owners about the positive impact that the police presence has had on making the neighborhood safer.

Funding for the California Drunk Driving DUI Checkpoint program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the City of Santa Cruz.