Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Additional California DUI manpower needed for tonight's Orange County checkpoint

Costa Mesa police will conduct a DUI checkpoint Tuesday night on Newport Boulevard.
Who authorizes funding for the California DUI checkpoint and additional manpower? Uh, your state is hard at work trying to catch people on a Tuesday thanks to California's own efficient Office of Traffic Safety.

From 8 p.m. Tuesday to 2 a.m. Wednesday officers will stop vehicles on northbound Newport Boulevard and 22nd Street. The stop is a way for authorities to remind the public of the dangers of drinking and driving or driving without a license. These checkpoints have previously resulted in ZERO Tuesday night DUI checkpoint arrests. What's that? That's right!

California DUI police said recent statistics provided by Mothers Against Drunk Driving show that someone is killed every 30 minutes in an alcohol-related crash. After a donut and coffee session, zealous tuesday night DUI officers will go fishing for drunk drivers. They might get one. Or not.

California has strict requirements when it comes to dui checkpoints. Even tuesday niight cops must follow them.

What are the DMV statistics provided to California DUI defense lawyers?

There were 203,866 California DUI arrests in 2007, including 197,602 misdemeanor and 6,264 felony DUI arrests.

That year, there were 192,213 California DMV APS suspension actions arising out of the drunk driving arrests. About 76% of people facing California DMV administrative per se suspension/revocation actions were looking at their first license suspension.