Sunday, September 21, 2008

Checkpoints v. Roving DUI Patrols: Great California DUI attorney debate

California DUI attorneys report on ineffective checkpoints:

Sonora, Ca -- At a DUI and Drivers License Checkpoint operation set up last night in Sonora, 629 vehicles were screened and no DUI arrests were made.

There were, however, three people cited for not having a valid license. The checkpoint was on Mono Way, just west of Greenly Rd. Lt. Mark Stinson says funding for the program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This was the Sonora Police Department's final checkpoint during the current grant period. The Department was assisted by the CHP.

California DUI lawyers compare with roving patrols:

The California Highway Patrol arrested dozens of people in the Stockton area on Friday night as part of a mission targeting drunken drivers.

A grant from the Office of Traffic Safety funded the mission, which put 24 additional officers on the street overnight Friday.

They conducted roving DUI patrols in areas where drunken drivers are common, said CHP Officer Adrian Quintero, a spokesman for the Stockton-area unit.

"We just inundate the city and the county looking for where there are likely to be high levels of alcohol impairment," he said.

A total of 57 people were arrested for drunken driving in the 24 hours ending at 8 a.m. Saturday, far more than usual. Most of those were arrested during the DUI mission.

Quintero said the local CHP will, starting in October, be devoting considerable resources to curbing DUIs.