Friday, January 30, 2015

1 out of every 8 Colorado DUI cases involves marijuana, lawyers are told

Holy Smokes, Colorado!  1 in every 8 citations written by the Colorado State Patrol in 2014 for impaired driving or DUI involved suspected marijuana use, according the Denver Post's reference to new statistics from the agency, San Diego California DUI attorneys share.

The apx. "numbers are the first year-long data the state has ever released on stoned driving, and they add new context to an ongoing debate over whether marijuana legalization will make Colorado's roads less safe. But they also provide far from a conclusive answer to the question.
For 2014, The State Patrol reported that troopers issued 5,546 citations for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Of those, 674 — about 12.2 percent — involved suspected marijuana use, either alone or in combination with other intoxicants. For 354 of those citations — about 6.4 percent of the total, or one in every 16 — marijuana was believed to be the only substance involved.
The State Patrol did not provide statistics on the marijuana blood levels found in the cases or how often the citations led to convictions. The numbers also don't provide a complete picture on stoned driving enforcement in Colorado because they don't contain tallies from local police and sheriff's departments.
Still, state highway officials said they show the need to educate people that driving stoned is not OK.
"We won't be satisfied until everyone in Colorado takes driving high seriously, so the need for awareness and education is paramount," Amy Ford, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation said in a statement accompanying the new numbers' release.
CDOT last year spent $1 million on an ad campaign called "Drive High, Get a DUI." Even after the campaign, a CDOT study found that 21 percent of recreational marijuana consumers didn't know they could be cited for driving under the influence of pot.
Because DUI cases involving marijuana are not differentiated in court data, Colorado has long struggled to determine whether stoned driving is an increasing problem in the state. Last year was the first year the State Patrol began tracking marijuana DUIs. The agency now has 61 troopers who are trained as drug recognition experts."

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

San Diego County DUI Law Center's Attorney Rick Mueller announces these checkpoint locations Super Bowl Weekend

San Diego County DUI Law Center's Attorney Rick Mueller announces these checkpoint locations Super Bowl Weekend.

DUI/Driver's License checkpoint Planned this Weekend

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department, San Marcos Sheriff’s Station in conjunction with the Escondido Police Department, Carlsbad Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Cal-State San Marcos Police Department, Palomar College Police Department and San Diego County Probation Department, "AVOID the 8 on SR-78 ", will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on January 30, 2015 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 6:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.

In California, this deadly crime led to 774 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver

Monday, January 26, 2015

San Diego DUI Super Bowl Update by local attorneys

San Diego County DUI Law Center Super Bowl Update News Flash

There will be increased California DUI patrols by Sheriff's Deputies across San Diego county starting Sunday, February 1 at 3:00 p.m. all the way through 5:00 a.m. February 2, 2015, attorneys are told.

San Diego Police Department will have roadblocks.  CHP will patrol like crazy, San Diego DUI lawyers know.

San Diego California DUI Deputies will stage DUI Checkpoints between 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. in the following Sheriff's contract cities leading up to Super Bowl Sunday:

• January 30 – San Marcos
• January 31 – Encinitas

In 2014, more than 1,400 people were arrested for San Diego California DUI by the Sheriff's Department.

In 2013, San Diego California DUI Deputies arrested 1,888 people for DUI, Vehicle Code Sections a, b and e.

"There's no reason anyone should be drinking and driving," said Sheriff Bill Gore. "It's completely avoidable.

Never get behind the wheel after drinking.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

California DUI Checkpoint at 1000 East Vista Way results in 5 Drunk Driving Arrests, with more on the way warn San Diego attorneys

Southern California DUI Checkpoint locations are collected at the San Diego DUI attorney firm of San Diego County DUI Law Center.  With the Super Bowl DUI enforcement weekend sneaking up on us, be aware of which California road routes to avoid in San Diego County, DUI lawyers warn.

San Diego County Sheriff's Deputies conducted a SAN DIEGO CALIFORNIA DUI Sobriety/Driver License checkpoint on Saturday, January 17, 2015, from 7:30 pm until 2:00 am.

This SAN DIEGO CALIFORNIA DUI checkpoint was conducted in the 1000 block of East Vista Way, in the city of Vista.

The following are the results of the Northern SAN DIEGO county CALIFORNIA DUI checkpoint:


Funding for this San Diego DUI Checkpoint grant was provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Ignition Interlock Devices reportedly do nothing to lower recesivism for California DUI offenders, lawyers announce

Based on a 3 year study, the California DMV finds Ignition Interlock Devices (IID's) do little or nothing to lower recisivism or deter first time DUI offenders. In a number of pages of DMV report, the following conclusion 
is repeated, once for each level of recidivism and then for drug or reckless driving as well:

"After adjusting for the change observed in non-pilot counties and other covariates, the results of the ARIMA time series analysis showed that there was no difference in the license based rates of DUI convictions in the pilot counties among first, second and third or more DUI offenders during the pilot program as compared to the non-pilot program"

The numbers reveal a general decrease in DUI at all levels similar in both 
pilot and non-pilot counties. California pilot counties had no significant statistical difference in the overall rate of DUI convictions than in non-pilot counties.

But there's lots of numbers here in 155 pages.  San Diego California DUI attorneys wonder if statistics can be misleading?

Conservative courts continue to order the IID when someone is convicted of DUI.  

California DMV allows for Early Reinstatement of license, with a little help from California DUI lawyers.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Problem solving with the right amount of alcohol, California DUI Lawyers share

Reach the perfect creativity level -- with one bottle of this beer Studies
have shown that being slightly tipsy helps boost creativity. A new beer
called The Problem Solver can help you reach the optimal level of
intoxication in one serving

Could this beer fix all your back-to-work problems?

Forget Dry January: there’s a beer that will help you work better.

Being slightly boozed up can help the creative juices flow, according to
researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who found that the
ideal blood alcohol level for creative problem solving is 0.075pc, just
under the legal driving limit of 0.08pc.

The research prompted the Danish advertising agency CP+B to create *The
Problem Solver, a beer “especially made to bring you as close to your creative peak as possible”.

The craft India Pale Ale has an alcohol content of 7.1pc and comes in a
75cl bottle, allowing the average drinker to reach the optimal level of
tipsy creativity with one serving.

The bottle also comes equipped with a measuring chart on its side, so
non-average drinkers can adjust how much they drink according to their

The University of Illinois at Chicago study, which was published in 2012 in
the journal Consciousness and Cognition, gave participants three words and
asked them to think of a word that can be connected to each -- for example,
the word “pit” can be attached to “peach”, “arm” and “tar”.

One group was slightly intoxicated, with a blood alcohol content of around
0.075pc, while the other group was sober.

Not only were the tipsy participants able to think of more answers, but
they worked more quickly and their solutions were more insightful.

These results have been likened to the effect of feeling bored or sleepy:
the mind drops its attention to detail and its desire to follow logical
steps of association, freeing up the thought process and allowing the mind
to gallivant in uncharted directions.

Another study,* conducted by The Drum reached similar results. 
For the experiment, 18 advertising executives were
split into two teams -- one sober, one with unlimited alcohol supplies --
and given three hours to come up with a brief on tackling binge drinking.

The inebriated group was found to be more productive, thinking of 23pc more
ideas than the other team. They also cooked up four of the five top ideas,
while the sober team produced four of the five worst ideas.

The Problem Solver beer, which is brewed by the *Rocket Brewing Company is currently only available in

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Rose Bowl Golf Cart popped for California DUI on Pasadena Freeway, lawyers told

The San Diego County DUI Law Center is often asked if a golf cart is considered a vehicle for DUI purposes.  The answer is yes in California, attorneys remind.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DUI after driving a stolen Rose Bowl golf cart onto the 210 Freeway in Pasadena following a college football game on New Year's Day.

California Highway Patrol officers responded after receiving a 911 call from someone who told them they spotted the golf cart on the eastbound 210 near Lake Avenue Thursday night.

A separate 911 call reported that the cart exited the freeway at Hill Street.

CHP officers tracked it down on Corson Street just west of Hill Street and pulled over the driver, Andrew Aldridge, who was the cart's lone occupant.

The Dana Point man allegedly confessed to officers that he took the golf cart from the Rose Bowl, which earlier in the day hosted the playoff semifinal game between the Oregon Ducks and the Florida State Seminoles.

The vehicle had Rose Bowl stickers on the side.

"He took the cart and was trying to get to his car on the other side of Pasadena," CHP Sgt. Mike Munoz told the Los Angeles Times. "It's definitely chalked up as one of the new experiences for a lot of people here."

Aldridge was arrested at around 10:45 p.m. on suspicion of drunk driving. He was booked without incident into the Pasadena Police Department.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Driver's licenses available for undocumented immigrants in California, DUI lawyers announce.

2015 means new laws take effect, including one that makes driver's licenses available for undocumented immigrants, say California DUI attorneys.

Starting Friday, January 2nd, California DMV offices will begin issuing driver's licenses to people in the country illegally. 

Under AB 60, applicants must prove who they are, that they live in California and pass the driving tests. A new law will also provide access to auto insurance.

DMV officials say they expect about 1.4 million undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver's license in the first three years.

Other California laws taking effect in 2015:

  • Undocumented immigrants or students who overstayed their visas will have access to the same loan opportunities as other students at the Cal State University and University of California systems.

  • New California law will help children who arrived illegally without their parents by providing $3 million in legal aid to help the children as they go through the legal system.
  • Thursday, January 1, 2015

    DUI Dodger app is available for download in the Apple Store for $2.99

    Attorneys report that one Southern California teacher hopes his DUI checkpoint app will help keep drunken drivers off the road - but an anti-drunk driving advocacy group claims it could give drivers a “false sense of security.” 
    Geno Rose, a high school special education teacher from Anaheim Hills, worked with a San Diego developer to create the DUI Dodger app, a searchable app in which users can not only find checkpoints across the country but also upload locations for others to see.
    "The baby was crying and had a dirty diaper, so I was hoping to get home quick and stumbled upon a DUI checkpoint," he said. "I was sitting in the checkpoint and I said, 'There's got to be a way to know these are up ahead.'"in the Ne
    "You don't have to be drinking to want to use (the app)," Rose said.
    The app enables users view and submit checkpoints by marking a map location where they spotted one. It also comes with a Walk the Line test that measures a person's stability as they walk while holding the phone, and a Blood Alcohol Content level calculator.
    A message displayed during the tests tell users the results are "for entertainment purposes only," and instructs them, "Use common sense and just do not drink and drive at all."
    Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) spoke out about the app, noting that while authorities often announce checkpoints in advance to ultimately deter drunken driving, the priority is for people to only drive sober no matter what.
    "Regardless of how the information is distributed, we just want people to not drink and drive and get home safely," MADD spokeswoman Amy George said.
    While MADD said it does not support apps with BAC calculators because it gives the user a "false sense of security that it's safe to drive" when it isn't, the advocacy group said checkpoints help prevent DUIs.
    "Would-be drunk drivers hear the message that if they drive drunk, they will get caught. Would-be drunk drivers then see law enforcement out in force, creating a strong deterrent effect, preventing people from driving drunk in the first place," MADD National President Jan Withers said in a statement.
    Some US senators have opposed the checkpoint finder app because it could help drunken drivers evade checkpoints and avoid consequences, Rose said.
    "The last thing we want to do is promote drunk driving," Rose said. "I've heard that argument, but people are going to do what they're going to do. I hope it makes them think twice or three times before doing it."
    The DUI Dodger app is available for download in the Apple Store for $2.99.