Thursday, January 29, 2009

California DUI lawyers strive to avoid Super Bowl drunk driving arrests

California DUI criminal defense lawyers and California Drunk Driving criminal defense attorneys have a Super Bowl Message:

Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk

Make the right play to save your life and others.

Super Bowl Sunday is one of America’s biggest and most entertaining national sporting events as friends and families gather to socialize and watch the big game. Yet, it is also one of the Nation’s most dangerous days on the roadways due to impaired driving.

In 2007, fatalities in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes accounted for 32 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities. On Super Bowl Sunday (12:01 a.m. Sunday to 5:59 a.m. Monday), 48 percent of the fatalities occurred in crashes where a driver or motorcycle rider had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08 and higher.

In preparation for this year’s Super Bowl the Salinas Police Department will be conducting a Drunk Driving Checkpoint on Friday January 30th. along with additional patrols on Sunday February 1st. The added D.U.I. patrols will be aggressively searching for drivers that are operating motor vehicles while impaired. These added enforcement measures are funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.
“We want to pass our safety message to everyone who will be drinking this weekend, real Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk,” said Salinas Police Chief Daniel M. Ortega “Please call the right play for the big game and pass your keys to a designated driver before the Super Bowl party begins. Getting caught driving while impaired will result in a costly penalty from local law enforcement.

The California Highway Patrol will be out in force on Sunday to make sure Super Bowl celebrants make it home safely after the big game.

The CHP, along with police and sheriff's departments, will deploy special DUI patrols across the state in an effort to lower alcohol-involved deaths and injuries.

“We're not discouraging the celebration,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a news release. “We're asking fans to make the right call so they won't find themselves benched in a jail cell.”

CHP officials suggest a fan's game plan include designating a non-drinking driver long before the Cardinals and Steelers take the field on Sunday.

According to the CHP, 12 people were killed in alcohol-related collisions in California on Super Bowl Sunday 2008.

That's three times the daily average in California.

Last year, officers arrested 403 motorists for driving under the influence on game day.

“The CHP is aware this is Super Bowl Sunday and we're going to be extra vigilant looking for the impaired driver and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and drugs,” said Ramon Perez, public information officer for the Indio CHP station.

The public can call 911 to report a suspected drunken driver. Callers should be prepared to provide dispatchers with a description of the vehicle, its location and direction of travel.

“A DUI is no 5-yard penalty,” Farrow said. “It's something that will follow you around for years to come.”

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