Sunday, March 22, 2009

Are California DUI checkpoints safe when a drunk driver rear-ends a car waiting to be checked?!

California DUI attorneys at www.SanDiegoDrunkDrivingAttorney.net/survey.html report Oxnard police officers got what they were looking for at a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint when a car rear-ended a vehicle waiting in line to be checked.
The driver, Michael Harrison, 62, of Oxnard was arrested on suspicion of a California DUI - driving under the influence of alcohol. No one was injured in the accident.

The eight-hour California DUI operation began at 6 p.m. Friday and ended at 2 a.m. Saturday. Of 1,254 motorists screened at two locations, eight were arrested on suspicion of California DUI driving under the influence of alcohol or other violations and 43 were issued citations for driver license violations.

The Oxnard Police Department Traffic Division California DUI checkpoints were on southbound Ventura Road at Devonshire Drive and on southbound Saviers Road at Laurel Street, where Harrison’s crash occurred.

The California DUI enforcement operation was funded by a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety. One wonders if the person rear-ended will try to recover funds from that same grant source.

In another area,Pomona police made five arrests and issued several tickets during a California drunk driving - DUI/Traffic Safety checkpoint Friday. The California drunk driving - DUI checkpoint was conducted at Mission Boulevard and Curran Place from 6 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday.

California drunk driving / DUI officers also conducted city-wide DUI saturation patrols during that time. Three people were arrested for DUI, one was arrested for public intoxication and another was arrested for obstructing a police officer.
1,145 motorists were contacted and provided with educational material related to California drunk driving - DUI. Rather than tap that big California drunk driving - DUI grant money, one may wonder why they can't give that same material with one's driver license renewal mail.

California DUI 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 .

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