Thursday, May 21, 2009

Despite all the DUI "traps" this Memorial Day, drivers have distinct rights as the drunk driving checkpoints must follow specific rules

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be in full force looking to remove all drunk drivers from our roadways throughout the state during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend. The three-day weekend is a Maximum California DUI Enforcement Period (MEP) for the CHP. All available DUI officers will be out patrolling the roadways during the MEP, which begins Friday, May 22 at 6 P.M. and extending until midnight Monday, May 25.

California roadblocks may not be used unless they comply with rigid California DUI checkpoint standards set forth by the California Supreme Court. If you feel violated contact San Diego DUI lawyer Rick Mueller.

Alameda County law enforcement officials are reminding drivers that if they plan to drink during Memorial Day weekend, that they need to designate a sober driver to take them home.

To make sure that advice is heeded, there will be California DUI sobriety checkpoints in Livermore, Berkeley and Newark over the weekend.

The Avoid the 21 program will also include stepped up California DUI patrols by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office and Alameda, Albany, Fremont, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro and BART police departments within their own jurisdictions.

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department and the California Highway Patrol will conduct a DUI checkpoint on Friday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. as officers will be randomly screening drivers for signs of impairment at the checkpoint with the undisclosed location. This California DUI checkpoint will be followed by saturation patrols on May 23, 24, and 25 where extra officers will lookout for intoxicated drivers on an in pre-designated areas.