Friday, January 30, 2009

Super Checkpoint Bowl crackdown for California DUI offenders

California DUI criminal defense attorneys are told the California Highway Patrol will be cracking down this Super Bowl Sunday after drunk driving claimed 12 lives during last year's festivities, three times the daily average in California.

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

Last year, 167 people were injured in alcohol-related crashes throughout the state and CHP officers arrested 403 motorists for driving under the influence, according to the CHP.

This year, CHP, sheriff's departments and local police departments will be deploying special DUI patrols as part of the Avoid Campaign across the state to lower alcohol-involved deaths and injuries.

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

Law enforcement invites the public to help by calling 911 to report a suspected drunk driver. Callers should be prepared to provide dispatchers with a description of the vehicle, its location and direction of travel. In addition to designating a driver, the CHP encourages motorists to wear a seat belt and comply with the speed limit.


Riverside Police Department Targets Impaired Drivers with Checkpoint

The Riverside Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, January 30, 2009, from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., in an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved collisions. DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.

Last year, the City of Riverside had experienced eleven fatalities as a result of DUI driving; there were six in 2007. This DUI/Drivers License checkpoint will be conducted as an effort to reduce those tragic incidents that result in a loss of life due to a DUI driver. Additionally, officers will be checking that drivers possess a valid driver’s license.

A DUI checkpoint is a visible and effective method for raising awareness and reducing the incidence of drinking then driving. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the Riverside Police Department believes motorists could be deterred from drinking and driving and encourages sober designated drivers.

Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles at the chosen location may be checked. Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs – Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest.

The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

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 excellent. Rick has been asked to speak again. Take the important free San Diego County Drunk Driving Defense Survey to find out your best strategy and to protect your driving privileges in California.