Sunday, July 27, 2014

Video of field test by Colorado DUI cops looking for marijuana impairment: "Feds test how stoned is too stoned to drive."

If stopped by a police officer after having consumed alcohol or drugs, remember that the field sobriety tests are optional.  You do NOT have to try to perform any acrobatics, gymnastics or roadside tests, San Diego California DUI lawyers remind.

California DUI cops may request a person to do roadside tests if suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or marijuana.  You do NOT have to do them.  You only must do a blood or breath test if arrested for DUI, San Diego DUI attorneys point out in various articles.

Here's a sample video of field testing by Colorado DUI cop looking for marijuana impairment, entitled "Feds test how stoned is too stoned to drive."  How one does on these tests has little or nothing to do with driving a motor vehicle.

Remember to remain totally silent from the beginning of your encounter.  All you have to do is provide license, registration and insurance if stopped.   Politely and persistently be quiet.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

DUI Patrol Warning for Del Mar Race Track Area, Solana Beach and Encinitas, warn San Diego DUI attorneys

Last night the Cult played at Del Mar Race Track after the races.  Beer was flowing.  To counter whatever the cops thought about the band's name and of course the partying, the San Diego California DUI AVOID Agencies had ten teams of San Diego California DUI deputies and officers who made 128 traffic stops and evaluated 19 people for San Diego California DUI, lawyers are told.

4 people were arrested for San Diego California DUI.

2 drivers were cited for driving on a suspended driver's license and two drivers were cited for driving without a driver's license.

10 miscellaneous traffic citations were issued for various other offenses. No vehicles were impounded so the tow companies' profits will be down.

DUI Deputies from the San Diego Sheriff's Department with Police Officers from Chula Vista Police Department, National City Police Department, SDSU Police Department, and UC San Diego Police Department, conducted  San Diego California DUI Enforcement Patrols to locate and identify drunk drivers.

The publicly stated intent of the  San Diego California DUI saturation is to lower deaths and injuries in and around the Del Mar Race Track and after the "Cult" Concert held at the Del Mar race track.

Tonight's downtown Comic Con DUI checkpoints may be in the works.  See here for locations.

The “Zero Tolerance” DUI Saturation Patrols were targeting those who still don’t heed the message to designate a sober driver before their celebrations begins.  San Diego California DUIPolice, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to watch and report  San Diego California DUI drivers each and every trip around town or during summer vacations: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1 anytime motorists encounter that dangerous driver. Funding for this program was provided by a  San Diego California DUI stat rat.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

California has low DUI / drunk driving and fatality rates compared with rest of the country, attorneys are told

California does not rank very high in fatalities and DUI / drunk driving, keeping California out of the Top 10 States for United States' Worst Drivers.

A recent poll by says California comes in at # 19 for states with the worst drivers. 
The insurance website determined the states with the worst drivers based on:
—Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled
—Failure to Obey (Traffic Signals + Seat Belts)
—Drunk Driving or DUI
—Careless Driving
California ranked 45th in careless driving and 43rd in tickets — with one being the best and 50 being the worst — both of which contributed to it landing a spot in the top 20.  But the low number of drunk driving and DUI incidents - together with relatively low fatality rates - kept California out of the Top 10, San Diego DUI lawyers relate.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Doctor with 2 California DUI convictions may be legally responsible for Junior Seau's death, say lawyers

A new investigative report by KGTV, the ABC affiliate in San Diego, reported on the California Medical Board's failure to police negligent doctors, like former Chargers team physician Dr. David Chao. KGTV previously reported that Dr. Chao, a known substance-abuser, could be responsible for the May 2012 suicide of former linebacker Junior Seau
"The nexus between physician substance abuse, reckless prescribing, and medical negligence, abetted by the lack of statewide drug and alcohol testing, is crystallized in the case of David Chao, who has kept his license only through the revolving door of treatment facilities, weak doctor discipline, and failure of legal deterrence in California," said Carmen Balber, spokeswoman for Consumer Watchdog Campaign. "California's patients need to be protected from substance-abusing and negligent doctors like Dr. Chao. That's why we need the strong patient safety reforms of Proposition 46, which include mandatory random drug and alcohol testing for doctors."
The California Medical Board is responsible for investigating complaints of potential criminality and negligence by California's physicians. Last night, KGTV provided an in-depth look at the California Medical Board's enforcement and investigative procedures. The report examined the case of Tom Fagan, whose right knee became infected and was amputated after surgery by Dr. Chao. Dr. Chao had already left the hospital when Fagan began having complications from surgery, and had not assigned another doctor to care for Fagan while he was gone. Even though court records show that Dr. Chao claimed under oath that he was "driving to Los Angeles" to care for his sick mother at the time, a receipt showed that Dr. Chao was in San Diego, buying a bottle of vodka at a nightclub.
Dr. Chao has a long record of alcohol abuse, including two DUIs, at least twenty malpractice lawsuits from Chargers players and members of the public, an investigation by the DEA into prescriptions Dr. Chao allegedly wrote to himself, and accusations that he enabled his former partner's prescription drug addiction.
The Medical Board reviewed Tom Fagan's complaint against Dr. Chao. Even though Fagan's attorney told a Board investigator that she had two surgeons "outraged by Chao's conduct" who were willing to testify that Dr. Chao's treatment of Fagan "fell far below…the standard of care." The Medical Board dismissed Fagan's complaint, saying that it couldn't find anyone to say that Dr. Chao's actions fell below the standard of care.
KGTV reported that the California Medical Association, the lobbying organization that includes approximately 39,000 of California's doctors as its members, spent $2.2 million in lobbying efforts just last year. The CMA has also contributed over $5 million to oppose Proposition 46, the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act, on the November ballot, which would require random drug and alcohol testing of doctors and increase physician accountability by indexing an arbitrary medical negligence cap on damages for 39 years of inflation.
The Medical Board recently placed Dr. Chao on probation after it found that Chao had been grossly negligent in the cases of six patients and had lied when he wrote on a hospital job application that he had never been convicted of a crime. However, probation still allows Dr. Chao to see patients and practice medicine.
When KGTV's initial May 21, 2014 report of Dr. Chao's potential negligence in the death of Junior Seau was released, Consumer Watchdog filed a complaint with the Medical Board. The complaint demanded that Dr. Chao's medical license to be revoked. On June 2nd, Consumer Watchdog received a reply, stating that an Enforcement Analyst will be assigned to review the complaint. Six weeks later, although Dr. Chao continues to practice on patients, there has been no further response from the Medical Board.
According to a previous review of records Consumer Watchdog had obtained from the Medical Board through the Public Records Act, since 2003 the Medical Board disciplined just 149 doctors for substance abuse, 27 for using drugs or alcohol at work and 104 for DUIs. The Medical Board has stated that 1-2% of its doctors suffer from drug or alcohol abuse or addiction at any particular point in time.California has approximately 128,000 active physicians, so if up to 2,560 doctors are abusing drugs or alcohol at any given time, the vast majority of them are successfully escaping detection and consequences.

Read more:

Monday, July 14, 2014

San Diego California DUI Cops Gear Up for Del Mar Races Opening Day July 17 2014, attorneys warn

The Del Mar Races open Thursday July 17 2014. 1,000's of California visitors to the racetrack will enjoy the best thrill-seeking day of style, sun, music, action, horse racing and restaurants.

Opening Day is historically one of the busiest in San Diego and California.  A scary number of San Diego DUI deputies and CHP cops will look for drunk drivers, DUI attorneys warn.

San Diego DUI lawyers are alerting any and all motorists near Del Mar California as San Diego DUI cops will be in full force looking for possible drunk drivers.

Last year, California DUI cops fished for drunk drivers everywhere and arrested 10. Some people were stopped for nothing, San Diego criminal defense attorneys proved.

San Diego Police Department, San Diego California sheriff's Department,  National City Police Department, Chula Vista Police Department, Escondido Police Department, La Mesa Police Department, San Diego State University Police Department, and University of California San Diego Police Department, step up drunk driving patrols in a major way as their DUI Enforcement Patrol crack down on DUI at the annual Del Mar Race Track Opening Day.

San Diego Sheriff's Department publicly announces that all who attend the Del Mar Races this season should have a good time but think of your best designated driver option or route before you leave the races and drive a vehicle in San Diego California Thursday, DUI lawyers warn.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

National Law Proposed Requiring Ignition Interlock Devices in every state for every one convicted of DUI, San Diego California attorneys warn

Why not let the states govern themselves when it comes to requiring Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs)  in Vehicles of those convicted of DUI, San Diego California lawyers ask?  24 states are already doing the best job of imposing IID requirements, San Diego DUI criminal defense attorneys show.

Yet, MADD presses on and forces its views on federal law makers who now want a mandate that all states require DUI probationers to install an IID for at least 6 months.  Today is the day the House learns about this proposed DUI - IID law which would make every person convicted of California DUI to put an IID in his or her vehicle, rather than the best, optional form of San Diego California DUI punishment for judges, lawyers believe.

California DMV has IID provisions for multiple offenders.  A number of Judges in downtown San Diego frequently require an IID for a person convicted of DUI when the BAC is .15% or more.

The anti- DUI propaganda in favor of MADD's push may be overstated and is not what is best.  With little scientific DUI - related facts as a basis, MADD expediently offers on alternative "compilation studies" which speculatively claim to save lives and over-inflated DUI costs in such a way that simple thinking public may somehow believe this latest drunk driving law idea may be well-founded.

It remains to be seen if Congress' members buy into this DUI measure which would force states to adopt or lose federal transportation funding, a scheme previously implemented to lower states' BAC threshold limit to .08%.  There's no reason to make DUI a federal issue, as states are the best at and quite capable of governing themselves.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

9 arrests at 4200 Mission Bay Drive San Diego California DUI Checkpoint, delaying over 3,000 motorists, lawyers share

San Diego County DUI Law Center continues to post locations of California drunk driving checkpoints.

July 05, 2014 8:30 p.m. - Sunday at 2:00 a.m., California's San Diego AVOID the 16 Task Force staged a DUI Checkpoint for southbound traffic in the 4200 Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, California, attorneys warned.

San Diego California DUI Law Enforcement Officers from the California Highway Patrol, Escondido Police Department, La Mesa Police Department, National City Police Department, San Diego County Probation, San Diego Police Department, San Diego Sheriff's Department, and University of California San Diego Police Department, contacted and screened in the primary San Diego California DUI checkpoint inspection area, trapping 1,125 drivers.

There were a total of 3,186 vehicles that were trapped by the San Diego California DUI checkpoint, say lawyers.

San Diego California DUI Officers sent 18 vehicles to the secondary screening area so the drivers could be evaluated for drugs and/or alcohol.

9 drivers were arrested for San Diego California DUI -driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and 1 driver was arrested for driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and drugs. All 10 were went to San Diego County jail. 8 vehicles towed from the San Diego California DUI checkpoint.

This San Diego California DUI checkpoint was funded by a grant obtained through the California Office of Traffic Safety. The stated public intent of this San Diego California DUI checkpoint was to educate the public of the dangers associated with drinking and driving.

Authorities expediently claim this San Diego California DUI checkpoint serves as a deterrent to potentially impaired drivers. The Office of Traffic Safety and local law enforcement want everyone to report San Diego California DUI drunk drivers and call 911.