More people throughout the state of California are being arrested and charged with DUI, due to increased police presence in the form of sobriety checkpoints, crackdowns, and zero tolerance policies.
NBC Los Angeles reports that over the July 4 weekend this year, DUI-related arrests jumped 43 percent compared to the same period last year. For the 2012 holiday, there were 343 suspected drunken drivers arrested in Los Angeles County—while in 2013, authorities arrested 490 people on suspicion of driving under the influence. These arrests spanned 48 hours, from midnight Thursday, July 4, to midnight Saturday, July 6.
On Wednesday, July 17, Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack, 10 people were arrested near the racetrack on suspicion of drunken driving. These arrests were part of a special DUI saturation patrol conducted by sheriffs and local police officers in San Diego County, reports the Union Tribune San Diego. In total, police issued 45 citations and impounded ten vehicles.
Arrests are also being made as part of a nationwide crackdown that involves zero tolerance. Authorities in Solano County are involved in the I-80 Challenge, heavily monitoring the interstate from San Francisco to Vallejo for any and all traffic violations. The California Highway Patrol and 11 other law enforcement agencies are participating in the challenge, which ends in August.
Overall, California conducts more sobriety checkpoints annually than any other state.
For California drivers, a DUI conviction may result in more than criminal penalties, with lasting consequences for employment, licensing, security clearances, and more. The current blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for drunk driving in California is 0.08 percent, and 0.01 percent for drivers under 21. However, authorities may arrest drivers who have a BAC above 0.05, or who appear to be impaired by alcohol or drugs.
With increasing checkpoints and crackdowns, more Californians will be arrested and criminally charged with DUI.
Vitaly Sigal, a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer, delivers aggressive defense representation for people who have been charged with DUI and other crimes. To discuss the details of your DUI case with Mr. Sigal, contact our office today.