Thursday, April 2, 2009

Costa Mesa Checkpoint Saturday Night, while Nevada Prosecutor gets deal for his DUI

California DUI attorneys report the Costa Mesa Police Department will be conducting a California DUI sobriety / driver license checkpoint on Saturday evening, April 4th, 2009, from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. The California DUI checkpoint will be located on northbound Harbor Boulevard, at Peterson Place.

The California DUI checkpoint is to educate the public about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or without a valid driver license. The decision of individual drivers not to drive after drinking is the single biggest factor in reducing deaths and injuries caused by alcohol related collisions.

“We have been committed to saving lives by aggressively seeking out and removing impaired drivers from the roadways of Costa Mesa for nearly three decades,” said Traffic Safety Bureau Sergeant Rob Sharpnack. “For those who don’t make the intelligent and safe decision to avoid driving after they drink, CMPD will diligently continue to remove them from our roadways.”

Recent statistics from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) indicate that driving under the influence is the nation’s most frequently committed violent crime, killing someone every 30 minutes. CMPD works closely with M.A.D.D., which provides their crashed car trailer, displayed at California DUI checkpoints as a reminder of the consequences of drinking and driving. Along with M.A.D.D. OC, we work with the O.C. Health Care Agency, to maintain a Taskforce on Drunk Driving, which focuses on education and Responsible Beverage Training.

Media are highly encouraged to attend the California DUI checkpoint and requested to assist us in educating the public about the dangers of making the worst possible decision, namely to drive after drinking or without a valid driver license.

Funding for this California DUI program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In other DUI news, Nevada prosecutor pleads guilty to reckless driving and won't be prosecuted for DUI in connection with two crashes in a six-hour span. Nye County District Attorney Bob Beckett crashed two cars within six hours on the same stretch of California highway in June 2008. He failed an alcohol breath test at the scene of the second crash.

In September, Beckett pleaded not guilty to DUI charges. But he changed his plea after the DUI charges were dropped, pleading guilty instead to reckless driving. As part of the plea, he is also required to complete a class on alcohol and automobiles.

Beckett will not be prosecuted for drunk driving under the plea deal entered in Barstow, Calif., Superior Court on Friday. In the first crash, which happened early afternoon, Beckett totaled the county-issued SUV he was driving on California Route 127, south of Shoshone, Calif. No other vehicles were involved. After riding home in a tow truck, Beckett went out to the same highway in his own van, crashing six hours later.

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