It's the last thing anyone ever expects or wants to go through - being pulled over by a police officer. Law enforcement in California was on high alert from August 19 through September 5 for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) drunk driving campaign, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."
According to a recent article on redondobeach.patch.com, the 2011 Labor Day Crackdown consisted of high-visibility enforcement and public awareness messaging in regard to drunk driving. Extra DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols spanned about 98 percent of the state's population. The article states that seven people were arrested for driving under the influence during the Labor Day weekend in the Redondo Beach area. In addition, between 6 p.m. on Friday, September 2 and 6 a.m. on Monday, September 5, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) arrested 305 people in Los Angeles County.
There were four reported traffic fatalities in Los Angeles County this year, an increase from one death that occurred during the Labor Day weekend last year. In California as a whole, this year there were reportedly 1,399 arrests for DUI and 16 fatalities over the Labor Day weekend. Although these statistics are significant, it is possible that even more arrests and accidents took place.
Based on California Vehicle Code Section 23152, Driving Under Influence of Alcohol or Drugs, “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle…It is unlawful for any person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle.”
Being arrested for drunk driving presents many questions. Was there an error in the device that measured your blood alcohol content (BAC)? Will your license be suspended? Do you have to serve any jail time? A Los Angeles DUI attorney can help you sort through the chaos and ensure that a strong defense is built on your behalf. Daniel Kann has been defending the rights of those facing drunk driving charges for years, lending his clients the legal experience and skill they need to have the charges against them reduced or dropped altogether. For more information about how Mr. Kann can help you, call 310-954-9356 today.