Friday, December 26, 2008

Holiday revelers may want to lay off the liquor if they plan to do any driving this holiday season, according to California DUI defense lawyers

California DUI defense lawyers and California drunk driving criminal attorneys provide this report for the holidays.

Kingsburg is taking part in a Valley-wide campaign in an effort to crack down on drunk driving.

The Avoid the 21 campaign, which kicked off Dec. 12, is taking place in Fresno and Madera counties with 21 agencies participating.

"Currently, we are participating in the task force check points with the other agencies," said Jeff Dunn, Kingsburg chief of police. "We will be conducting our own DUI enforcement operations in either the form of a checkpoint or saturation patrols."

Officer Alfredo Fuentes is Kingsburg's coordinator for task force issues during this campaign.

"I think we can't lose sight of anytime you get a drunk driver and impaired driver off the road, that's a good thing," said Kathy Eide, spokeswoman for the campaign.
As of Dec. 22, it was reported that 232 arrests were made of people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The operation will continue through New Year's day.

The program, Eide said, is to get the message out that driving under the influence will have its consequences.

Motorists are encouraged to call 911 and report drunk drivers, she said.

Last year, about 400 DUI arrests were made during the 19-day campaign called Avoid the 17.

The overall goal of the campaign is to let drivers know about the increase of enforcement and warn drivers that the only way to avoid the law enforcement officers is to drive sober.

This program was started in 1973 to crack down on drinking and driving as well as reduce the number of deaths and injuries as results of driving drunk.

Overtime hours, reassigning officers and conducting public awareness campaigns are paid for by grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.

Drunk driving arrests in Los Angeles County by the California Highway Patrol were down at the start of the Christmas weekend, authorities said.
Between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday, 30 people were arrested by CHP officers for driving drunk, according to a CHP report.

Over 100 arrests were made during the same 12-hour period one year ago.

Statewide, there were 167 DUI arrests, compared with 480 last year.

Holiday revelers may want to lay off the liquor if they plan to do any driving this holiday season, according to the Vallejo Police Department and California Highway Patrol.

Both agencies will be out in force targeting drivers who get behind the wheel while under the influence.

The CHP warns that if drivers choose to drink and drive this holiday season, flashing red lights in their rear-view mirrors won't belong to Santa and his red-nosed reindeer, but to an officer's vehicle preparing to pull them over.

Every available CHP officer will be out on the road during the Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) which began Christmas Eve, and continues through midnight, Sunday, the agency reported.

Meanwhile, the VPD will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday in an effort to reduce the number of people killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes, the department announced.

"Consider this a warning," said Solano Area CHP Captain Sue Ward, in a written announcement. "We will be out there taking a zero tolerance approach and we will arrest you if you are drinking and driving."

CHP officers arrested 1,661 motorists statewide for driving under the influence (DUI) during last year's Christmas enforcement period.

During that same time period,

43 people died in the 4,613 collisions that occurred in California. Among those killed, 18 lost their lives in alcohol-related crashes.

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