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Holiday DUI Arrests Spike in Orange County

The California Highway Patrol arrested 44 suspected drunk driver on OC roads over Thanksgiving.

California Highway Patrol officers in Orange County arrested 44 suspected drunken drivers from Wednesday evening to 6 a.m. Saturday, seven more than the tally for the same Thanksgiving holiday period last year.

DUI arrests were only those made by CHP officers.

There were no fatalities reported for the same Thanksgiving holiday period either year. Fatalities were for all law enforcement agencies.

This year 11 vehicle occupants were killed over the holiday period in the CHP's jurisdiction statewide. Six of them did not wear safety belts. Two motorcyclists were killed in the CHP's jurisdiction. Both of them were wearing helmets. No pedestrians or bicyclists were killed this holiday season.

CHP officers throughout the state arrested 840 suspected drunken drivers on freeways and on roads in unincorporated areas during the reporting period, 63 less than the same time period last year, according to the CHP.

Statewide, 17 traffic fatalities were reported this year. Law enforcement agencies reported 14 people were killed during the same Thanksgiving weekend period last year.

The CHP investigates all crashes on freeways, and on all roads in unincorporated areas.

 - City News Service

Andromeda November 27, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Mr. Friedrich, as a society we could condone 24/7 martial law to make everyone safer. I bet lots of crime could be stopped with martial law. Germany did a great job of suppressing crime in the late 30's and early 40's. However, America is supposed to stand for freedom without the threat of a totalitarian government. Pulling innocent, law-abiding motorists to the side of the road for involuntary searches and interrogations is not my idea of freedom. Sorry. That's where we differ. And, as I said before, it does not make us any safer than States that have outlawed sobriety checkpoints. If you research it you would note that States with checkpoints and those without checkpoints have about the same number of drunk driving fatalities per capita. I guess you could outlaw motor vehicles. That might get you to where you want to go! :^) And if the police are really interested in protecting human lives they should stop chasing stolen cars @ 100 mph on the freeways or on residential streets placing the lives of innocent motorists in grave danger. And they should stop shooting 50,000 volts of electricity into humans with their taser guns which has caused an inordinate number of deaths which we read about all the time. Now there are 2 suggestions to increase citizen safety. Whatdya think?
MFriedrich November 27, 2012 at 06:24 AM
Andromeda, We agree that police sobriety checkpoints infringe upon personal liberty, in very much the same way as a TSA airport security screening, or the end of a long line of patrons wishing to enter a nightclub (after being "mass profiled" because a certain percentage are really < 21 years old and attempting ID fraud). 28 states apply sobriety checkpoints - a majority. The efficacy numbers are mixed. The CDC claims a reduction in alcohol-related crashes by 20% from sobriety checkpoints. In Germany, they still operate field sobriety testings of motorists in 2012. If you are caught drunk driving in Germany, you are banned from driving for 8 months minimum. There are no appeals. This often means losing your job. You also must take mandatory psychological and physical training and pay a Euro 20K fee to re-obtain your driving privileges. I get your frustration about personal right violations and invasiveness of sobriety checkpoints, but there is no evidence that such efforts are being taken to the extremes you mentioned earlier. The USA has the most lenient drunk driving laws on the planet. My attitude about DUI arrests is formed by my experience. I've lost both family and close friends to drunk driving. Moral suasion, S.A.D.D. chapters and billboard ads are not enough. I'm in favor of sobriety checkpoints.
MFriedrich November 27, 2012 at 06:26 AM
So, if sobriety checkpoints are always ineffective and far too invasive of personal liberty, then what do you suggest as an effective deterrent to drunk driving-related accidents and deaths?
Andromeda November 27, 2012 at 06:38 AM
I already told you. If you want to catch a fish you take your pole and go to the water hole. If you want to catch a drunk driver you go to his watering hole and patiently wait until the drunk walks to his car, turns on the ignition and drives away. Then you pull him over. It's so simple it's stupid. But cops are instructed not to do this. That it's not 'fair' and makes the bar owners mad. heh. But they think it's perfectly fair to force innocent law-abiding motorists to pull to the side of the road for forced searches and interrogations. I can't believe people can't figure this stuff out on their own. It's a sad, sad commentary on the state of our society. We're a nation of educated morons.
MFriedrich November 27, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Andromeda, So there's no binge drinking taking place at homes, concerts, company parties, restaurants, sporting events. Just bars. They should just zero-in on the bars parking lots. I'm afraid you underestimate just how pervasive and widespread drunk driving is, particularly in OC. But I already told you that police do this kind of enforcement already. It is a common tactic, and there is nothing illegal about it.According to CA Supreme Court ruling, there are strict guidelines for sobriety checkpoints. I found this list of the 8 key guidelines for CA sobriety checkpoints. It addresses your question about bars only: http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/dui-and-sobriety-checkpoints?ref=kb_serp_title_6

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