Saturation Patrols and San Diego DUIs

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Saturation Patrols and San Diego DUIs

Some people believe police are looking for the smallest reason to pull someone over…..and they are right.  More and more police agencies are devoting officers for the sole purpose of stopping people in certain areas where they believe DUIs are likely to occur.  This is a factor when analyzing a DUI case.  If you were stopped by police and arrested for DUI contact our office for a free consultation at (858) 751-4384.

Law Enforcement is utilizing “Saturation Patrols” rather than sobriety checkpoints more often. It helps beef up police presence and ultimately brings in ample revenue due to increased traffic citations given. DUI saturation greatly affect the members of the impacted community both good and bad (and usually without their knowledge). An initial analysis of a good DUI defense is to find out whether the officer was on patrol as part of a DUI saturation detail.

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So what exactly is a “DUI Saturation Patrol”?

Definition: Saturation patrols involve law enforcement deploying additional police officers to targeted roadways during select time periods to detect and apprehend impaired drivers.

Law Enforcement Perspective Primary MIssion of San Diego DUISaturation Patrols: The primary focus for officers during San Diego saturation patrols is to find impaired drivers by observing changes in driving behaviors. The behaviors most often assessed are: lane deviation, following too closely, and/or speeding (Greene, 2003). The intention of this heavier police presence is to increase motorists’ perception that they will be arrested if they drive drunk. Saturation patrols are legal and do not present many legal issues beyond those associated with routine traffic stops. Measured in arrests per working hour, these blanket patrols are viewed by some as the most effective method of apprehending drunken drivers (Greene, 2003). Many police departments favor them over sobriety checkpoints for their effectiveness, reduced staffing, and the comparative ease of operating saturation patrols.

Reality: In practice, DUI Saturation comes with a price for the people who live in the saturated community. This includes people who live in the San Diego community . Why? Because in San Diego DUIsaturation, investigations officers are looking to make a traffic stop for the slightest violation To them, that observation is their first sign of possible impairment. Instead of an objective analysis of their observations, EVERY action a vehicle makes outside the norm is possibly due to impairment. When they approach the drivers window, they are not going to contact the driver and note observations that may show impairment, but are approaching with a “tell me why you are NOT DUI” mentality. More drivers in San Diego get detained and investigated when in most other instances they would not. Furthermore, San Diego DUI saturation patrols result in more tickets for San Diego drivers. The police will stop you for rolled stop signs, no seatbelt, a slight drift in the other lane, and other infractions that police may normally drive by in other community.

So what does this mean?: In exchange for less DUIs on the street, the citizens of Point Loma will have to endure more stops by police. More in the San Diego community will have to go through DUIevaluation and Field Sobriety tests even when they are not impaired because the police are looking to arrest. While the saturation patrols are legal, the citizens of San Diego will ultimately get more traffic tickets than other communities because the police are looking to stop you for the slightest traffic violation. That is the purpose those officers are on patrol that day….it is their mandate and mindset…to them it is their first clue to a DUI. This means the San Diego community may be safer because more DUI drivers will be stopped….but at what price?

So, next time you are driving down the street and see a heavy police presence. Some of the officers are just on normal patrol….while others are there just looking for you to make the slightest traffic infraction to give them the reason to pull you over and conduct a DUIinvestigation. Be prepared.

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