Tuesday, December 30, 2008

California DUI criminal defense attorney news resource for New Year's Eve eve

California DUI criminal defense lawyers and California drunk driving criminal defense attorneys have some important California DUI information to share this New Year's Eve.

The number of deaths from traffic incidents is double last year's figure, and included incidents like a Christmas Eve hit-and-run on the 405 near the 90, and a Christmas Day rollover on the 110 near PCH.

LA County caught almost 100 fewer drunk drivers this year, as "local CHP officers made 233 DUI arrests between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Sunday, compared with 331 arrests in the similar period last year."

Exactly 100 DUI suspects are in handcuffs as of midnight last night as the three-week Avoid the 18 crackdown in Monterey County.

The total is an uptick of 52 percent over last year’s 66 arrests at this time during the campaign, said Sgt. John Lynn of the Salinas Police Dept., coordinator.

Drunk or drugged drivers have killed no one in the county since the enforcement blitz began on Dec. 12. It ends New Year’s Day.

Marina and King City police will run DUI saturation patrols tonight, with the California Highway Patrol planning freeway saturations on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

“Right now is the perfect time to line up your designated sober driver to get everyone else home safely from the New Year’s Eve party,” Lynn said. “Your designated driver is doing everyone a huge favor, so treat that person like royalty. Fill up their gas tanks for them or buy them dinner to show your gratitude.”

The California Office of Traffic Safety funds Avoid the 18 through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as it does the 40 other similar campaigns throughout the state.

California drivers face a handful of new laws with the arrival of the New Year.

Thirteen will be added to the California Vehicle Code.

Among those getting the most attention prohibits drivers from using their texting devices. It initially applied to teenage motorists, but now covers everyone.

Two DUI laws are being added. Two more involve ignition interlock devices as they apply to DUI convictions.

Counterfeit ‘clean air stickers’ are strictly prohibited. Bogus 911 calls could result in a fine. Penalties for assaults on Caltrans workers will be ramped up. And, mounting GPS screens on windshields will be permitted for the first time.

The California Highway Patrol reported that two people died on San Diego County roadways in the first 84 hours of the Christmas holiday, a California Highway Patrol officer said Sunday.
Both victims were pedestrians struck by cars late on Saturday night in separate incidents on Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Ramona.

This year's Christmas reporting period began at 6 p.m. Wednesday and is longer than the 2007 holiday, so there are no comparable figures, according to CHP Officer Rob Sanchez.

There have also been 95 arrests for drunken driving, nearly half on Saturday or early Sunday morning, Sanchez said.

Statewide, there have been 26 fatalities and 1,536 DUI arrests, he said.

The statistics for fatalities cover all law enforcement jurisdictions. The DUI total only reflects arrests made by CHP officers.

California DUI / drunk driving arrests jumped 23 percent during the Christmas holidays this year compared to last, the California Highway Patrol reported.
“A lot of people are getting ready to start the new year with a rap sheet,” Officer Greg Williams said.

To avoid such problems during the New Year’s holidays, two programs will be available in the greater Bakersfield area to get drinkers home by taxi or tow truck, officials said Monday.

For the Christmas holidays, CHP officers made 53 drunken driver arrests during a 5-day maximum enforcement period that began Wednesday at 6 p.m. and ended midnight Sunday, an increase from 43 during a similar 5-day period in 2007, Williams said.

He noted there were 31 drunken driving arrests during a four-day period in 2006 and 31 arrests during a three-day period in 2005.

“This is not a trend we like to see,” Williams said.

Drunken driving arrests by Bakersfield police weren’t available Monday, a spokesman said.

Williams said CHP officers will be out in force during the New Year’s holidays to crack down on drunken driving.

So will Bakersfield police and police agencies around the county, officers said.

In the greater Bakersfield area, Advance Beverage Co. will for the 12th straight year host the Bud Light Designated Driver program, which is a cab ride home, Marketing Director Dennis Muleady said.

It will operate from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 3 a.m. Thursday when Yellow Cab and American Cab will take people home.

People should call at least 45 minutes ahead of time at 325-5041 to arrange for a cab, he said. Advance Beverage pays for the ride.

Also, the Automobile Club of Southern California is again offering its “Tipsy Tow” service, in which a driver and the driver’s vehicle will be towed to the driver’s home, spokesman Jeff Spring said.

The program will be in effect from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

The first seven miles are free and any additional miles are at the rate charged by a contract towing company, Spring said.

People can arrange tows by calling 911.

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