Thursday, April 30, 2009

Overzealous DUI cops make citizens mad about MADD - productive v. effective recent roadblocks in California for drunk driving

Local DUI attorney California reports good and bad DUI checkpoint info in California, some productive some not.

A California DUI checkpoint in Costa Mesa on Monday yielded 10 tickets but no DUI arrests, at Wilson Street and Pomona Avenue; it screened 258 drivers. Officers investigated 10 suspected DUI drivers, but did not arrest any of them. Police impounded two vehicles.

Another DUI checkpoint is scheduled for May 15 and officers will also patrol adjacent streets looking for impaired drivers looking to avoid it which may be against the constitutional safeguards provided citizens in Ingersoll. It it not only lawful to avoid a checkpoint; an escape route should be available.

The San Bernardino Police Department conducted a citywide DUI saturation patrol-program during the evening hours on Saturday, April 25, 2009. This operation is part of the Department’s ongoing effort to address drunk driving and reduce alcohol-related injuries and fatalities.Field Sobriety Tests (FST) were given to 11 of the drivers that were contacted. Those tests resulted in 3 DUI arrests.

An unlawful "zero tolerance" sobriety checkpoint is in the works for the end of the week, according to a Wednesday report from the California Highway Patrol. CHP, Clearlake Police Department, Lakeport Police Department, and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office are planning the checkpoint at some point in the next few days at an unspecified location. California law is NOT zero tolerance for those over 21 - it's .08% BAC. Overzealous? Perhaps, considering most drivers are over 21.