Saturday, December 20, 2008

California DUI checkpoint information for San Bernardino County California and Riverside County California

California DUI criminal defense attorneys articles and California dui criminal defense lawyers report about California DUI checkpoints this weekend.

The Moreno Valley Police Department has just completed another DUI/CDL SAFETY CHECKPOINT. This operation ran from 1800 hours through 2359 hours. The checkpoint was located on Alessandro east of the intersection at Day. The primary goal of the checkpoint was to screen for DUI drivers as well as unlicensed or suspended drivers. This was in response to collisions involving unlicensed, suspended and DUI drivers. Checkpoints at various times throughout the year are conducted to reduce drunk driving, and apprehend drivers with suspended and/or revoked licenses.

A total of 2954 cars passed through the checkpoint. One hundred and three drivers were issued citations and 87 vehicles were impounded. The majority of these citations and impounds were for suspended or unlicensed drivers. A total of 6 field sobriety tests were conducted, and 4 drivers were arrested for DUI.

Drunk driving is a major cause of fatal and injury collisions each year. We are seeking your assistance in saving lives. If you are on the roadways and you observe a possible drunk driver call 911 immediately. Officers will be dispatched to the location and make every effort to prevent the impaired driver from continuing to pose a threat.

The Moreno Valley Police Department wishes to remind you that if you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, please designate a sober driver before getting into a vehicle. Remember “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest!”

Date/Time: December 20, 2008
Type of Incident: DUI/CDL SAFETY CHECKPOINT


California DUI criminal defense attorneys and California dui criminal defense lawyers further report that since January 2008, there have been four fatalities from traffic collisions in the city of Perris. All these fatal traffic collisions occurred at night. In 75% of the collisions, at least one party was driving while impaired, or drugs or alcohol were detected in the driver’s system.

The city of Perris traffic team will be conducting three weeks of nighttime DUI enforcement programs, between November 19, 2008, and January 3, 2009.

On December 18, 2008, between 8:00 PM and 2:00 a.m., the city of Perris Traffic Team conducted a DUI/Driver’s license checkpoint at Perris and San Jacinto. Approximately 1000 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. 2 drivers were arrested for drunk driving. 32 citation were issued and 25 cars were towed because the drivers were either driving without a license or driving while their license status was suspended.

As part of the holiday DUI enforcement program, the city of Perris Traffic Team will be conducting roving DUI saturation patrols on December 19 and December 20, from 6:00 PM to 4:00 AM, each night, throughout the city of Perris.

California DUI criminal defense attorneys about lastly report that the U.S. Marines have landed…and are apparently manning "sobriety checkpoints" in San Bernardino County in California. Yes, Marines. Yes, civilian DUI roadblocks.

From an official December 10th California Highway Patrol public relations release:

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CHP to Conduct Sobriety/Driver’s License Checkpoint

The Morongo office of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in conjunction with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department and the USMC military police will conduct a joint sobriety/driver license checkpoint on Friday, December 12, 2008, somewhere in the unincorporated/incorporated area of San Bernardino County.

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As an American citizen, not to mention a former Marine, I find this troubling — particularly in view of the clear wording of the Posse Comitatus act of 1878, described in Wikipedia:

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The Posse Comitatus Act is a United States federal law (18 U.S.C. § 1385) passed on June 16, 1878, after the end of Reconstruction. The Act prohibits most members of the federal uniformed services (the Army, Air Force and State national Guard forces (when such are called into federal service) from exercising nominally state law enforcement, police or peace officer powers that maintain "law and order" on non-federal property (states and their counties and municipal divisions) in the former Confederate states.

The statute generally prohibits federal military personnel and units of the National Guard under federal authority from acting in a law enforcement capacity within the United States, except where expressly authorized by the Constitution or Congress. The Coast Guard is exempt from the Act.

A Marine Corps public affairs sergeant says that the Marines would be there "as observers". Hmmmm…..military observers. Isn’t that how it all starts?

San Diego California Criminal Defense Attorney Rick Mueller recently spoke at the California Attorneys For Criminal Justice annual DUI seminar in Rancho Mirage, California: http://www.cacj.org/Events/forms/DUI%20Brochure%20Final.pdf . The California criminal defense lawyers who attended informed the President of the California DUI Lawyers Association that San Diego California DUI criminal defense attorney Rick Mueller was fabulous.