This weekend law enforcement will be out in full force looking for potential San Diego DUI drivers. If you drive after drinking any alcohol you will become a subject of a San Diego DUI investigation. These officers will error on the side of arresting. Be safe and enjoy the holiday.
Law enforcement officers will be out in force throughout the holiday weekend in search of possible impaired drivers in San Diego county. So many people who are not actually San Diego DUI or close to it are unecessarily arrested. Be safe and if this happens call our firm for a free consultation.
Public safety officials turned out Thursday to remind people of a lot of things they should not do on the Fourth of July.
Like: Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs; don’t park illegally at the beach; don’t set of fireworks of any kind, any where.
They also offered positive advice: Check with beach lifeguards about possible rip currents; wear life jackets while boating; and expect major traffic jams near the beach and bays and full parking lots by noon.
About 30 members of the San Diego Police Department, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, San Diego Lifeguard Service and the California Highway Patrol gathered at Ventura Cove on Mission Bay to offer warnings on holiday safety.
Lifeguard Service Chief Rick Wurts called the Fourth of July weekend “one of our most exciting weekends” of the year at San Diego beaches and Mission Bay Park. Nearly a million people are estimated to have hit the shores during past Fourth holidays, and city lifeguards performed 468 water rescues last year.
Wurts encouraged visitors to talk to lifeguards about any safety hazards before going into the ocean. He said, too, that glass containers and alcohol are banned at city beaches. He recommended that all boaters wear a life jacket, but noted they are required on children under age 13.
San Diego Fire Marshal Doug Perry issued a reminder that fireworks, even sparklers, are illegal in the county.
“It’s been that way for 40 years,” Perry said. He said the concern is not only that fireworks can land in dry grass or brush and start fires, but that they can maim and injure. Sparklers commonly handed to children burn at 1,100 degrees at the tip, he said.
Law enforcers plan to hit the roads in greater numbers this weekend and set up checkpoints to clamp down on DUI drivers. Anyone arrested for driving under the influence will go to jail, warned Assistant Sheriff Mark Elvin.
Drunken driving arrests have generally declined in recent years, but the number of arrests for driving under the influence of drugs has risen, according to Steve Lykins, executive director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving in San Diego. He said officers are getting better training in recognizing signs of drug impairment and articulating them on arrest reports.
Elvin said sheriff’s deputies made 19 DUI arrests last year over the Fourth of July holiday. San Diego police made 42 DUI arrests while the California Highway Patrol nabbed 87 suspected DUI drivers in San Diego County last year.
The CHP arrests were down from 107 over the 2013 holiday period. CHP Border Division Assistant Chief Esmerelda Falat said she attributes the decrease to collective law enforcement efforts as well as increased awareness among members of the public.
“They understand at the end of the day, it’s just not worth it,” Falat said.
If you are charged with a San Diego DUI or other Criminal offense, you need to call our firm immediately. We are available to take action on your case today. Please email or call us at 858-751-4384 or email me at [email protected] to schedule a free consultation. The key is to be proactive.
23152. (a) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle. (b) It is unlawful for a person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle. For purposes of this article and Section 34501.16, percent, by weight, of alcohol in a person’s blood is based upon grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath. In any prosecution under this subdivision, it is a rebuttable presumption that the person had 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood at the time of driving the vehicle if the person had 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood at the time of the performance of a chemical test within three hours after the driving. (c) It is unlawful for a person who is addicted to the use of any drug to drive a vehicle. This subdivision shall not apply to a person who is participating in a narcotic treatment program approved pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Section 11875) of Chapter 1 of Part 3 of Division 10.5 of the Health and Safety Code. (d) It is unlawful for a person who has 0.04 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a commercial motor vehicle, as defined in Section 15210. In any prosecution under this subdivision, it is a rebuttable presumption that the person had 0.04 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood at the time of driving the vehicle if the person had 0.04 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood at the time of the performance of a chemical test within three hours after the driving. (e) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any drug to drive a vehicle. (f) It is unlawful for a person who is under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug to drive a vehicle. (g) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2014.
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