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Over 1400 People Arrested For DUI / Drunk Driving In LA County During 2009 Christmas Holiday

According to the LA Times, 1,424 people were arrested for DUI / Drunk Driving in Los Angeles County between December 18 and December 26, 2009. The number of DUI / Drunk Driving arrests during the same period in 2008 was 1,416. Of the total number of arrests in Los Angeles County, the California Highway Patrol arrested 236 people for DUI / Drunk Driving. I'm pretty confident that since the number of DUI / Drunk Driving arrests were almost the same from 2008 to 2009, there will be a much greater increase in the number of arrests during the New Year's Holiday weekend. Almost all police agencies are showing a dramatic increase from last year and I'm sure police agencies in Los Angeles County will not want to lag behind the rest of the state.


California CHP DUI / Drunk Driving Arrests Up On Christmas Eve 2009

Dec 29, 2009 — by Myles L. Berman | Comments (0)
Tags: Drunk Driving Arrests Law Enforcement Agency

According to the LA Times, the California Highway Patrol arrested 246 people for DUI / Drunk Driving statewide on Christmas Eve, 2009. On Christmas Eve, 2008, the CHP arrested 167 people for DUI / Drunk Driving. This represents a 47% increase in Christmas Eve DUI / Drunk Driving arrests from 2008 to 2009. In Los Angeles County, the CHP arrested 71 people for DUI / Drunk Driving on Christmas Eve, 2009, compared to 30 people arrested for DUI / Drunk Driving on Christmas Eve, 2008. This represents a whopping 136% increase in Christmas Eve DUI / Drunk Driving arrests from 2008 to 2009. It wouldn't suprise me that for the upcoming New Year's Eve, there is even a greater increase in DUI / Drunk Driving arrests by the CHP compared to New's Year Eve, 2008, both statewide as well as in LA County.


Arizona Cops Allowed To Draw Blood In DUI / Drunk Driving Cases

As reported previously in this blog, some states are training police officers in drawing blood in DUI / Drunk Driving cases in order to help streamline DUI / Drunk Driving prosecutions. A recent ruling by an Arizona Appellate Court in Tuscon upheld police officers practice of drawing blood from suspects at the scene of DUI / Drunk Driving arrests. The court turned away the constitutional challenges that were raised in appeals where the blood draws were done by the police. The court held that the police officers were trained phlebotomists and the procedures they used were reasonable. Arizona has become a leading state in the training, use and practice of police officers drawing blood in DUI / Drunk Driving cases. As reported previously, Arizona is training law enforcement agencies in other states on police officers drawing blood at the scene of arrests.


2010 Year Of California DUI / Drunk Driving Checkpoint

Dec 19, 2009 — by Myles L. Berman | Comments (0)
Tags: Dui Checkpoints Drunk Driving Drugged Driving

The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) has announced that 2010 will be the Year of the Checkpoint . OTS will be providing a record $8,000,000 in grant funding to 148 law enforcment agencies for DUI / Drunk Driving checkpoints throughout the state of California. The funding is for more than 2,500 sobriety checkpoints. More than 250 DUI / Drunk Driving checkpoints will take place statewide between December 18, 2009 and January 3, 2010. The funding is a whopping 47% increase from 2009 where there will be over 1,700 DUI / Drunk Driving checkpoints statewide. No doubt there will be an increase in DUI / Drunk Driving arrests in 2010 which will also result in more fines received by counties statewide and substantial overtime pay to police officers who work the checkpoints and testify in court. The monies generated will most like go to reduce county budgets deficits as well.


Colorado DUI / Drunk Driving Blood Tests Inaccurate

Dec 14, 2009 — by Myles L. Berman | Comments (0)
Tags: State Crime Labs Blood Draw Testing Law Enforcement Agency

According to the Denver Legal News Examiner and many other news media outlets, the Colorado Springs Police Department crime lab discovered that 82 blood samples taken since January, 2009, were found to have lower blood alcohol concentration levels than initial test samples showed. Now, over 1,000 blood samples are being retested for accuracy. Prosecutors are already contacting defense attorneys for past clients may have been effected by the new discoveries. The Colorado Revenue Department has already restored at least 3 driving privileges who have been convicted of DUI / Drunk Driving based on faulty results. Among the Colorado government authorities who are investigating what went wrong are the Bureau of Investigations and the Police Internal Affiairs departments.


Amish Man Arrested for DUI / Drunk Driving While Driving Buggy

Dec 8, 2009 — by Myles L. Berman | Comments (0)
Tags: Drunk Driving Breathalyzer Drunk Driving Arrests

Police in East Lampeter Township, Pennsylvania, arrested a 22 year old man this past weekend for DUI / Drunk Driving after he was found asleep in his moving buggy. The horse drawn buggy was moving slowly, at a walking pace, as it was straddling the center line. The sleeping driver/rider was given a breath test with the results being 0.18%, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08% in Pennsylvania. I can see the defense now-the horse was driving the buggy! The alleged sleeping driver was just along for the ride. I wonder if the horse was tested for alcohol and/or drugs. Apparently, the horse was driving the buggy and sleeping passenger straight down the road.


California DUI / Drunk Driving Arrests Down Thanksgiving 2009

According to the California Highway Patrol, there were 1,314 DUI / Drunk Driving arrests statewide by CHP officers during the 2009 Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. The number of arrests were down slightly from 2008 when the California Highway Patrol made 1,397 DUI / Drunk Driving arrests statewide. San Diego county California Highway Patrol officers made 94 DUI / Drunk Driving arrests during the 2009 Thanksgiving Holiday. This number was also a decrease from 2008 Thanksgiving Holiday when there were 108 DUI / Drunk Driving arrests made by the San Diego county California Highway Patrol. As was well publicized, there were many DUI / Drunk Driving checkpoints and roving police patrols throughout California during the 2009 Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.