Yolo County To Host DUI Checkpoint

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The Woodland Area California Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday night in Yolo County, the CHP reported.

The checkpoint will run from 8 p.m. to midnight at an undisclosed location in the unincorporated area of the county, according to a Woodland CHP news release.

Officers will also check drivers for valid driver’s licenses, the release states.




CHP Will Continue to Enforce DUI Laws

   Posted by: duinick   in California DUI Law

This letter is in response to an opinion article published in your July 28 edition titled “Tommy’s does not condone drinking and driving.” In that letter, the writer expressed concern that the California Highway Patrol was “lying in wait to harass our customers before ever even leaving their parking stalls.”

On Aug. 4, a second letter was published entitled “One CHP officer is downtown problem.” In his letter, Art Haddock reiterated a concern that at least one member of the CHP targeted selected downtown businesses to contact and harass patrons.

The comments asserted within both postings cause great concern to the CHP. It is my commitment to this community that the concerns described in each letter will be fully addressed to ensure we are consistent with our mission to provide the highest level of service.

With regard to the assertion that CHP officers are lying in wait to harass the customers of several downtown businesses, this issue has been brought to the attention of all uniformed members of the Visalia CHP Area. It is not our practice, nor do we condone, harassing downtown patrons.

It is important to understand the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. Historically, California achieves one of the lowest mileage death rates (MDR) in the nation. The MDR is a measure of the number of persons fatally injured as a result of traffic collisions per 100 million miles driven. The MDR is now declining and in 2009, California experienced the lowest MDR in history at 0.95. Driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs is the leading cause of fatal collisions.

One of the CHP’s main objectives is the reduction of DUI-related collisions. The CHP takes pride in our professionalism. As such, the California Highway Patrol will continue to enforce DUI violations to protect the safety of the public we serve.

Thank you for your continued support. We can all make Tulare County a safer place by working together. Remember, if you are drinking alcoholic beverages, bring a designated driver.



Santa Barbara Police to Conduct DUI Checkpoint

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The Santa Barbara Police Department will be conducting DUI Checkpoints in the City of Santa Barbara on the following dates and times. Driver’s licenses will be checked at these checkpoints.

Sunday August 14, 2011 6 pm to 2 am

Thursday August 18, 2011 6 pm to 2 am

The Santa Barbara Police Department encourages everyone to drink responsibly, pre-arrange for a ride home, designate a driver and understand that every officer will be diligently looking for the impaired driver. Additionally, DUI enforcement officers will be on patrol throughout the weekend and we would prefer to arrest the DUI driver than to find them in a collision.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Your browser may not support display of this image. Additionally, we encourage everyone to report the suspected impaired driver by calling “911.” Doing so could save the life of a loved one. Don’t drink and drive!




Lodi Police to Conduct DUI Checkpoint

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The Lodi Police Department traffic unit will conduct a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint at an undisclosed location between 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.

If an officer suspects that a driver has been drinking or is impaired, a field sobriety test will be conducted. Drivers who fail the test can expect jail, vehicle storage fees, license suspension, insurance rate increases, fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, according to the police department.

“Over the course of the past three years (2007-09), DUI collisions have claimed three lives and resulted in 52 injury crashes harming our friends and neighbors,” police Sgt. Chris Jacobson said in a news release.

Statewide, traffic deaths declined by 23 percent, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009, Jacobson said. Traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades, when the federal government began compiling figures.

DUI deaths declined by 16 percent, from 1,132 in 2007 to 950 in 2009, according to federal statistics, Jacobson said. Alcohol impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities in 2009, with 31 percent of all deaths caused by a drunk or impaired driver.

Funding for the DUI/license check comes from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.



A DUI and driver’s license checkpoint will be set somewhere within city limits Saturday evening, Concord Police Department announced Friday morning.

Officers will be on the lookout for signs of alcohol and drug impairments, according to a press release.

“If you fail [a field sobriety test] expect jail, vehicle storage fees, license suspension, insurance rate increases, along with fine, fees, DUI classes, other expanses than can exceed $10,000,” reads the release.

This check point is funded by a grant to Concord PD by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Traffic Safety Administration, according to the press release.

Be safe, Concord!




Celebrity DJ Booked for California DUI

   Posted by: duinick   in Celebrity DUI

Samantha Ronson was arrested Monday morning for suspicion of driving under the influence, Access Hollywood has confirmed.

The celebrity DJ was stopped outside of Baker, Calif., at 10:31 AM for speeding in her black Porsche. She was clocked going 89 MPH in a 70 MPH zone, California Highway Patrol said in a statement released to Access.

After Ronson was stopped, law enforcement officials said she displayed signs of alcohol intoxication and was given a series of field sobriety tests and then arrested.

Ronson refused a portable breath test on the scene, but submitted to a breath test at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Substation in Baker. She was then later booked at the Sheriff’s jail in Barstow, Calif., and released on Monday at 5:30 PM

CHP said Ronson was “cooperative” during the booking.



Garrick Pleads No Contest to DUI Charge

   Posted by: duinick   in California DUI News

Assemblyman Martin Garrick on Friday pleaded no contest to a charge of driving under the influence.

The Solana Beach Republican was sentenced to 48-hours of community service. He will also pay fines and assessments amounting to $2,416. He was also ordered to attend a DMV alcohol program and has had his driver’s license suspended for four months.

“I have accepted responsibility for my actions and apologized to family, friends and constituents,” Garrick said in a statement. “I will now take the necessary steps to resolve this incident and immediately begin the process of complying with the judgment. ”

Garrick’s attorney, Don Heller, entered the plea on his behalf before the original court date of Aug. 15, which is the day lawmakers return from summer recess.

The Assemblyman did not appear in Sacramento County Court. Garrick was arrested the night of June 15 by California Highway Patrol officers on bicycle patrol near the state Capitol. Tests showed his blood alcohol content at nearly 0.15, nearly double the legal limit.

CHP reported seeing him run two red lights and a stop sign before parking his state-owned vehicle in the underground Capitol parking garage. It was there police found him.

Garrick issued an apology immediately after his arrest, saying “I am deeply sorry for my lapse of judgment. Driving while under the influence of alcohol is dangerous.” He also pledged to never again drink and drive.


California saw a decrease in traffic deaths in 2010, marking the fifth year in a row of safer roads.  According to federal government figures, total vehicle fatalities dropped 11.9 percent, from 3,081 in 2009 to 2,715 in 2010.  Since the latest high of 4,333 in 2005, the 2010 figures show a total decline of 37.3 percent.

California continues with double-digit percentage decreases even as the nation shows signs of leveling, with some states showing increases.  Early national estimates are for an overall decline of approximately three percent.

“California and its people can be proud of these gains,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).  “A tremendous effort has been put forth by traffic safety organizations, but in the end, it’s the motoring public that made the difference.  They are the ones who need to keep this momentum going.”

The 2010 figures are the lowest for the state since 1944, when one tenth the number of vehicles traveled one sixteenth the number of miles. While the economy has some effect, officials also point to high visibility enforcement, sobriety checkpoints, multiple public awareness campaigns, safer car construction, better road design, and faster emergency medical services as factors.

“Well-managed traffic safety campaigns by law enforcement throughout the state targeting dangerous driver behavior is a factor in the continued reduction of traffic-related deaths and injuries,” said California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow.  “Through the behavioral changes of the motoring public, like buckling up, designating a non-drinking driver and eliminating distractions, progress is made daily resulting in lives saved.”

Under a shared vision of Toward Zero Deaths – Every 1 Counts, state and local agencies and organizations have been developing and implementing the California Strategic Highway Safety Plan since 2006.  OTS, CHP, California Department of Transportation, Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Highway Administration, county and local governments, as well as individuals and community organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving have been actively pursuing work on over 150 specific actions contained within Plan.

So that 2012 will continue the gains, the Office of Traffic Safety today announced $76 million from federal funding to support 213 traffic safety grants to state and local agencies for the grant year that begins October 1, 2011.  The new grants are a combination of time-tested, successful programs and emerging efforts, some tackling new problems.

Major emphasis will be given to combating drunk driving with sobriety checkpoints, help for special DUI prosecutors, and targeted probation department staffing and warrant enforcement in efforts directed at the worst of the worst drunk driving offenders.  There will be an expansion of educational and awareness programs for youth like Every 15 Minutes, Impact Teen Drivers, Real DUI Trials in Schools, Smart Start, and other programs for high school students just starting their driving careers.  A new peer-to-peer project, Teens in the Driver’s Seat, will be launched in communities and schools throughout the state.

Two new areas – distracted driving and drugged driving – that are seeing increases will receive special emphasis.  The distracted driving effort began in April and will expand next year. The incidence of drugs alone and in combination with alcohol in fatal crashes has been rising steadily for the last five years.  New grants will fund increases in drug recognition training, special district attorneys dedicated to drugged driving cases, and new laboratory drug testing equipment.

Wanting to keep the trend of fatalities in every major category moving downward, grants have been awarded in the other program areas of motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian safety, putting the latest life saving technology in the hands of emergency responders, and continuing to push for using technology to ease access, gain speed and increase flexibility in data input and usage.

“The drop in fatalities that we have seen in the last five years means that thousands of Californians are with their families today instead of being a traffic statistic,” said Murphy.  “But we cannot let up.  There are still thousands whose needless tragedies should have been prevented.”

For a list of 2012 grants, visit the OTS website at www.ots.ca.gov.



Report Released In Garrick’s DUI Arrest

   Posted by: duinick   in California DUI News

Assemblyman Martin Garrick ignored CHP officers and sped through two stop lights and a stop sign before his arrest for DUI charged on June 15th, according to a CHP report.

A newly released report by the California Highway Patrol provides details of his arrest.

The report states that after Garrick passed two officers on foot who tried to waive him down he, “accelerated at a high rate of speed”.

Aftere following Garrick into the state Capitol parking garage an officer stood by Garrick’s driver side window while the Solana Beach republican, “ignored my presence”, the report said.

Garrick told officers he drove fast because he was having severe stomach pain and diarrhea. He said he’d just an eaten a spaghetti and meatballs dinner at a friend’s home in Sacramento’s Land Park neighborhood along with three glasses of red wine.

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The report states the Assemblyman denied feeling intoxicated but proceeded to fail five different field sobriety tests. Blood testing later revealed his blood alcohol level at 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit.

After being arrested he was taken to the Sacramento County jail where he, “continued to regurgitate and vomit into a trash can.”

The report says Garrick agreed to a blood test. He was taken to the CHP’s capitol office for a blood draw over an hour after his arrest.

The CHP report says Garrick was released to the custody of Derek Radey of the Assembly Special Services Unit by 11:30 p.m., ninety minutes after his arrest.

The arresting officer noted he released Garrick because of his, “condition and the possibility of an extended examination at a local hospital.”

The report does not say whether Garrick was actually taken to a hospital or driven to his home.



MADD Speaks Out Against Bill 1389

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving is speaking out against a pending bill that would restrict the ability of officers to enforce certain laws during sobriety checkpoints.

According to the advocacy group, Assembly Bill 1389 condones driving without a valid driver’s license by preventing law enforcement from enforcing current laws meant to protect people on roadways, such as whether the motorist has a valid driver’s license and vehicle registration, as well as checking for outstanding warrants or probation violations.

“If lawmakers want to change the licensing requirements to operate legally on California roadways, do it without compromising law enforcement’s ability to enforce DUI laws,” said Mary Klotzbach, public policy liaison for MADD California.

In 2009, DMV reported that there were 170,622 convictions for driving without a license in California. Of these convictions, 43,598 were for operating illegally on a suspended license due to a previous DUI.

“Sobriety checkpoints are one of the most critical tools available for law enforcement to deter drunk driving,” Klotzbach said. “Sobriety checkpoints send a message that if a motorist chooses to drive drunk, he or she will get caught.”
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