ORANGE COUNTY DUI CHECKPOINT INFORMATION FOR JUNE 19-21, 2015

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ORANGE COUNTY DUI CHECKPOINT INFORMATION FOR JUNE 19-21, 2015

Orange County DUI Checkpoint Information for June 19-21, 2015Don't get a DUI in Orange County

Don’t get a DUI in Orange County!

Our Orange County DUI Lawyers have obtained Orange County DUI Checkpoint Information for June 19-21, 2015, and learned that law enforcement have been announcing DUI checkpoints and Saturation Patrols for this upcoming weekend here in the OC. Checkpoints in Santa Ana, Placentia, and roving DUI saturation patrols in Villa Park, Stanton, and Yorba Linda are happening this weekend in those respective cities.

The Santa Ana Police Department is having a DUI checkpoint tonight, Friday, June 19, 2015. It will begin at 9:00PM and is scheduled to conclude at 3:00AM. It will be conducted in the area of 1000 E. Fourth Street, in the City of Santa Ana.

The Police Department in Placentia, announced a DUI checkpoint through a press release at facebook, that states that a DUI checkpoint will take place from 8pm to 2am at an unknown location in the City.

And, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting roving DUI saturation patrols (where officers trained in DUI detection will be driving looking for persons suspected to be DUI, in the cities of Yorba Linda, Stanton, and Villa Park.

Why would police agencies announce a DUI checkpoint ahead of time for the Orange County DUI Checkpoint Information for June 19-21, 2015? Advance publicity is important to the maintenance of a constitutionally permissible sobriety checkpoint. Publicity both reduces the intrusiveness of the stop and increases the deterrent effect of the roadblock.

The concurring opinion in State ex rel. Ekstrom v. Justice Ct. of State, supra, 663 P.2d 992, at page 1001 explained the value of advance publicity: “Such publicity would warn those using the highways that they might expect to find roadblocks designed to check for sobriety; the warning may well decrease the chance of apprehending `ordinary’ criminals, but should certainly have a considerable deterring effect by either dissuading people from taking `one more for the road,’ persuading them to drink at home, or inducing them to take taxicabs. Any one of these goals, if achieved, would have the salutary effect of interfering with the lethal combination of alcohol and gasoline. Advance notice would limit intrusion upon personal dignity and security because those being stopped would anticipate and understand what was happening.” (663 P.2d 992, 1001, conc. opn. Feldman, J.; see also State v. Deskins, supra, 673 P.2d 1174, 1182.)

Publicity also serves to establish the legitimacy of sobriety checkpoints in the minds of motorists. Although the court in Jones v. State, supra, 459 So.2d 1068, found that advance publicity was not constitutionally mandated for all sobriety roadblocks, nevertheless the court offered the observation, consistent with finding reasonableness under the Fourth Amendment, that 1347*1347 “`[A]dvance publication of the date of an intended roadblock, even without announcing its precise location, would have the virtue of reducing surprise, fear, and inconvenience.’ [Citation.]” (Id., at p. 1080.)”

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Orange DUI Checkpoint results in five arrests

Orange DUI Checkpoint results in five arrests

Our Orange County DUI Lawyers have learned that the Orange DUI Checkpoint results in five arrests from their Orange Police Department Orange DUI Checkpoint last weekend.

Of the five, four were related to alcohol, and one was drug related. (It was not mentioned whether this was a Prescription Drug DUI case, or an Illegal Drug DUI case). There were also 14 drivers cited or arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle unlicensed or while a license was suspended/revoked, and 21 other citations issued.

The checkpoint screened 903 vehicles, so this was a 0.0553% arrest rate, which is typical for DUI checkpoints, which are largely inefficent when compared to other means, such as saturation patrols.

As we had announced here, the Orange DUI Checkpoint was set up from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at 300 The City Drive South in Orange, California. If you need the help of the Best DUI Lawyer in Orange County, please call our law firm at (949) 682-5316.

WHY DOES LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE ORANGE COUNTY DUI CHECKPOINTS?

DUI Checkpoints are even admitted by law enforcement to be less effective than other means of removing drunk drivers from the road. But, even though DUI checkpoints don’t work, police state they had a deterrent effect preventing people from driving in the first place.  The truth is that funding in grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), MADD, and the Federal Government ensure DUI checkpoints are used first before other measures.

ARE DUI CHECKPOINTS LEGAL?

The US Supreme Court, as well as the law in California, makes DUI checkpoints legal, as long as they follow certain criteria, including:

  • Decision making by supervisors: This is important to ensure that checkpoints aren’t set up in “arbitrary and capricious” locations. The court didn’t say so, but we’re guessing they wanted to avoid any accusations of racial profiling.
  • Limits on discretion of field officers: The theme of distrust of the officer continues. Strict procedures and a random selection of drivers according to a preset pattern (every third driver, for example) are suggested to avoid abuse.
  • Maintenance of safety conditions: We’re not sure how it applies to constitutionality, but the court wanted lots of bright lights and signs.
  • Reasonable location: The location should be based on relevant factors, such as areas with high incidences of DUI or DUI accidents.
  • Time and duration: There are no hard and fast rules, but the timing should be set to optimize the effectiveness of the checkpoint. In other words, put ’em up when the drunks are out.
  • Indicia of official nature of roadblock: This is more babble about bright lights and warning signs. They do mention that the lights and signage should be visible for the sake of notification to the drivers. Drivers also can’t be pulled over for avoiding the checkpoint, unless they violate a law to do so.
  • Length and nature of detention: The time of the stop should be minimized as to infringe on a person’s rights as little as possible. That means peek at the eyes, smell for booze, and look for cans. If there are no signs of intoxication, the driver should be let go. If they look or smell drunk, field sobriety tests are appropriate.
  • Advance publicity: Ingersoll was in favor of advance publicity. It referred to the deterrent effect and stated that the notice minimizes intrusiveness to a person’s rights. In 1993, the court in People v. Banks stated that publicity was not a requirement, but it certainly helps.

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Orange County DUI Checkpoints This Weekend (May 29, 2015)

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Newport Beach DUI Checkpoint announced (photo D Ramey)

Orange County DUI Checkpoints This Weekend (May 29, 2015)

Two DUI checkpoints have been announced this weekend, according to the Orange County Register and other sources. Orange County DUI Checkpoints This Weekend (May 29, 2015) are as follows:

A Newport Beach DUI checkpoint will take place, operated by the Newport Beach Police Department, on Friday, May 29th, from 8pm to 2:00 a.m., at a currently undisclosed location. Most previous checkpoints have been on Northbound Jamboree Road, near Santa Barbara Avenue.

Another DUI Checkpoint, in Orange, will take place on the same date (May 29th) near the Outlets of Orange (previously called The Block in Orange), on The City Drive, between the 22 offramp, and Lampson, from the hours of 9pm and 3:00 a.m.

WHY DOES LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE ORANGE COUNTY DUI CHECKPOINTS?

DUI Checkpoints are even admitted by law enforcement to be less effective than other means of removing drunk drivers from the road. But, even though DUI checkpoints don’t work, police state they had a deterrent effect preventing people from driving in the first place.  The truth is that funding in grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), MADD, and the Federal Government ensure DUI checkpoints are used first before other measures.

ARE DUI CHECKPOINTS LEGAL?

The US Supreme Court, as well as the law in California, makes DUI checkpoints legal, as long as they follow certain criteria, including:

  • Decision making by supervisors: This is important to ensure that checkpoints aren’t set up in “arbitrary and capricious” locations. The court didn’t say so, but we’re guessing they wanted to avoid any accusations of racial profiling.
  • Limits on discretion of field officers: The theme of distrust of the officer continues. Strict procedures and a random selection of drivers according to a preset pattern (every third driver, for example) are suggested to avoid abuse.
  • Maintenance of safety conditions: We’re not sure how it applies to constitutionality, but the court wanted lots of bright lights and signs.
  • Reasonable location: The location should be based on relevant factors, such as areas with high incidences of DUI or DUI accidents.
  • Time and duration: There are no hard and fast rules, but the timing should be set to optimize the effectiveness of the checkpoint. In other words, put ’em up when the drunks are out.
  • Indicia of official nature of roadblock: This is more babble about bright lights and warning signs. They do mention that the lights and signage should be visible for the sake of notification to the drivers. Drivers also can’t be pulled over for avoiding the checkpoint, unless they violate a law to do so.
  • Length and nature of detention: The time of the stop should be minimized as to infringe on a person’s rights as little as possible. That means peek at the eyes, smell for booze, and look for cans. If there are no signs of intoxication, the driver should be let go. If they look or smell drunk, field sobriety tests are appropriate.
  • Advance publicity: Ingersoll was in favor of advance publicity. It referred to the deterrent effect and stated that the notice minimizes intrusiveness to a person’s rights. In 1993, the court in People v. Banks stated that publicity was not a requirement, but it certainly helps.

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Orange County DUI Checkpoints Memorial Day 2015 edition

Orange County DUI Checkpoints Memorial Day 2015 edition

Here’s the DUI checkpoint information for this weekend.

Laguna Beach, California is having a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint set for Sunday, May 24th, from 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., and roving DUI Saturation Patrols all over the city on Friday, May 22nd, from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m..

The Santa Ana, California Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, May 22nd, 2015. It will begin at 9:00PM and is scheduled to conclude at 3:00AM. It will be conducted in the area of 1400 S. Bristol Street, Santa Ana, CA.

Police in Irvine, California will be holding an Irvine DUI Checkpoint on Saturday, May 23, 2015 within that city, on northbound Jeffrey Road at Irvine Center Drive.

The Anaheim, California City Police will be conducting a Memorial Day weekend of anti-DUI enforcement, beginning with a checkpoint from 8 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday. at Lincoln Avenue at Anaheim Boulevard, along with DUI Saturation Patrols throughout the weekend.

Also, tonight in Tustin, California, there will be a DUI checkpoint at an undisclosed location.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department, CA has also announced that there will be DUI Saturation Patrols in Rancho Santa Margarita, California,Lake Forest, California, and in Mission Viejo on Saturday May 23 and Sunday May 24, 2015.

That’s the Orange County DUI Checkpoints Memorial Day 2015 edition summary, but more may be coming as Memorial Day weekend patrols and checkpoints are finalized. And of course, stay safe.

WHY DOES LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE ORANGE COUNTY DUI CHECKPOINTS?

DUI Checkpoints are even admitted by law enforcement to be less effective than other means of removing drunk drivers from the road. But, even though DUI checkpoints don’t work, police state they had a deterrent effect preventing people from driving in the first place.  The truth is that funding in grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), MADD, and the Federal Government ensure DUI checkpoints are used first before other measures.

ARE DUI CHECKPOINTS LEGAL?

The US Supreme Court, as well as the law in California, makes DUI checkpoints legal, as long as they follow certain criteria, including:

  • Decision making by supervisors: This is important to ensure that checkpoints aren’t set up in “arbitrary and capricious” locations. The court didn’t say so, but we’re guessing they wanted to avoid any accusations of racial profiling.
  • Limits on discretion of field officers: The theme of distrust of the officer continues. Strict procedures and a random selection of drivers according to a preset pattern (every third driver, for example) are suggested to avoid abuse.
  • Maintenance of safety conditions: We’re not sure how it applies to constitutionality, but the court wanted lots of bright lights and signs.
  • Reasonable location: The location should be based on relevant factors, such as areas with high incidences of DUI or DUI accidents.
  • Time and duration: There are no hard and fast rules, but the timing should be set to optimize the effectiveness of the checkpoint. In other words, put ’em up when the drunks are out.
  • Indicia of official nature of roadblock: This is more babble about bright lights and warning signs. They do mention that the lights and signage should be visible for the sake of notification to the drivers. Drivers also can’t be pulled over for avoiding the checkpoint, unless they violate a law to do so.
  • Length and nature of detention: The time of the stop should be minimized as to infringe on a person’s rights as little as possible. That means peek at the eyes, smell for booze, and look for cans. If there are no signs of intoxication, the driver should be let go. If they look or smell drunk, field sobriety tests are appropriate.
  • Advance publicity: Ingersoll was in favor of advance publicity. It referred to the deterrent effect and stated that the notice minimizes intrusiveness to a person’s rights. In 1993, the court in People v. Banks stated that publicity was not a requirement, but it certainly helps.

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Orange County DUI Checkpoints 04-25-2015

Long Beach Police Department (California)
Long Beach Police Department (California) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Our Orange County DUI Lawyers have learned that there are two checkpoints scheduled for tomorrow, April 25, 2015.

The first aims to look to increase Santa Ana DUI arrests. The Santa Ana Police Department has scheduled a DUI Checkpoint from 9pm to 3am at Warner Avenue, between Flower St. and Main St..

The Long Beach Police Department also has a DUI checkpoint in Long Beach, which is running in an undisclosed location, likely in Northern Long Beach, from 9pm to 3am also.

At both of When possible, specially-trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving (DUID), which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.

WHAT IS A SATURATION PATROL?

A Saturation Patrol is special enforcement where trained officers, with DUI testing equipment, drive around high potential areas for DUI arrests in Orange County, looking for traffic violations that might indicate someone is drunk driving.

WHY DOES LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE ORANGE COUNTY DUI CHECKPOINTS?

DUI Checkpoints are even admitted by law enforcement to be less effective than other means of removing drunk drivers from the road. But, even though DUI checkpoints don’t work, police state they had a deterrent effect preventing people from driving in the first place.  The truth is that funding in grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS)MADD, and the Federal Government through NHTSA ensure DUI checkpoints are used first before other measures.

ARE DUI CHECKPOINTS LEGAL?

The US Supreme Court, as well as the law in California, including the Ingersoll v. Rand decision, makes DUI checkpoints legal, as long as they follow certain criteria, including:

  • Decision making by supervisors: This is important to ensure that checkpoints aren’t set up in “arbitrary and capricious” locations. The court didn’t say so, but we’re guessing they wanted to avoid any accusations of racial profiling.
  • Limits on discretion of field officers: The theme of distrust of the officer continues. Strict procedures and a random selection of drivers according to a preset pattern (every third driver, for example) are suggested to avoid abuse.
  • Maintenance of safety conditions: We’re not sure how it applies to constitutionality, but the court wanted lots of bright lights and signs.
  • Reasonable location: The location should be based on relevant factors, such as areas with high incidences of DUI or DUI accidents.
  • Time and duration: The timing should be set to optimize the effectiveness of the checkpoint.
  • Indications that the checkpoint is official: It should be clear to drivers, for notice purposes, that this is a law enforcement stop, and not just construction or something sinister. Lights and signage should be visible for the sake of notification to the drivers. Drivers also can’t be pulled over for avoiding the checkpoint, unless they violate a law to do so.
  • Length and nature of detention: The time of the stop should be minimized as to infringe on a person’s rights as little as possible. That means peek at the eyes, smell for booze, and look for cans. If there are no signs of intoxication, the driver should be let go. If they look or smell drunk, field sobriety tests are appropriate.
  • Advance publicityIngersoll was in favor of advance publicity. It referred to the deterrent effect and stated that the notice minimizes intrusiveness to a person’s rights. In 1993, the court in People v. Banks stated that publicity was not a requirement, but it certainly helps.

Those are the Orange County DUI Checkpoints 04-25-2015 scheduled for this weekend.  Be careful out there.  Please contact our Orange County DUI Defense Attorneys if you have a question or need our help.

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How NOT to get a DUI: How to Drink

How Not to get a DUI:  How to Drink during a night out to remain below the limit.

How Not to get a DUI. Did you know that there are certain simple steps you can take to remain below a .08 during a night out?

Obviously, having someone else take care of the driving, including Uber, Lyft, a limo or a taxi, will avoid you becoming arrested during a night out.   Ride sharing services have resulted in a statistically measurable reduction in DUI arrests and accidents.

But for cases involving alcohol (and not prescription or other drug DUI), it’s helpful to know a little bit about how alcohol works in the body.

Alcohol is hydrophilic, meaning that the molecule attaches itself to water, and evenly distributes itself throughout the body.  Alcohol affects women more than men, mainly because men have more water content than women do (due to higher muscle mass), and affects the brain, because the brain has high water content.

1.  How Not to Get a DUI: Stay Hydrated.

Drinking and Flying Don't Mix

So here’s tip number one – make sure you drink water until you’re fully hydrated before you drink, and drink water between any alcoholic drinks you have.

2.  How Not to Get a DUI: Just Eat Something.

Tip number two is to eat.  Eating something before you drink is extremely important.  When you consume food, the pylorus, or pyloric valve in the bottom of the stomach, closes.  If you have alcohol after eating, the alcohol is introduced into your system at the same rate as whatever the food is in your stomach.  If you eat simple carbohydrates, like sugars, bread and pasta, those are processed fastest. Complex carbohydrates are processed next fastest, followed by protein, and then fats.  So eat protein and fats before drinking.

There is a myth that eating after having consummated alcohol can “sop up” the alcohol. Beware; once alcohol is in your system, only time will allow it to dissipate.  What you eat after the fact doesn’t make a difference.

3.  How Not to Get a DUI: Obey Every Traffic Law.

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Once you are driving, you must be careful to obey all traffic and other laws.  This includes having your lighting equipment, tags/stickers, and equipment working correctly. The police will not be legally justified in stopping you, and will not have probable cause for a DUI if you don’t violate the law. Putting aside your cell phone and concentrating on driving can keep you from being pulled over.

4.  How Not to Get a DUI: Be Organized.

Officer DUI Checkpoint

If you are stopped, you may be asked for your license and registration.  Put this in a place where you can get it easily ahead of time.  The police will be watching carefully to see if you fumble as this information is being handed over.

5.  How Not to Get a DUI: Be Polite.

If you are asked if you were drinking, know that you are not required to answer that question, as it could be self incriminating.  I get asked almost daily what the best response to this question is, and the truth is, it doesn’t matter.

The police officer will smell the breath inside the car and from the headliner of the vehicle, to see if there is an odor of an alcoholic beverage.  The police officer will look at your eyes carefully to see if they are bloodshot and watery.  The police will notice if your speech is slurred or slow.  And the police officer will observe, if you get out of the vehicle, whether or not you are unsteady, lean against the vehicle, or have trouble walking or standing up.  Those observations will be the primary determination of your intoxication, not your admissions or confessions to drinking.  You can answer that however you like, but I prefer that drivers answer “my attorney has told me never to answer that question“, and leave it at that.

6.  How Not to Get a DUI: Refuse Everything that is Not Required.

If you are asked to submit to field sobriety tests, you should politely refuse them.  These tests are voluntary under the law, and usually don’t result in you being let go.  They are used to support the officer’s conclusion that you were under the influence. Typically, the officer will just “start” performing field sobriety tests, so you will be placed in the uncomfortable position of asking the officer to stop, or refusing further tests.

If you are asked to take a field breathalyzer to screen for alcohol, politely refuse, as this is a field sobriety test, and is not necessarily used as definitive evidence of your alcohol level.  The law requires, as a condition of your license, that you submit to an evidentiary test (meaning a breath test under controlled circumstances, or blood test), or face a one year suspension of your driving privileges.  So you should agree to take a breath or a blood test.

7.  How Not to Get a DUI: Breath before Blood.

Vincent Turner, 36, left, of Australia laughs as the blood alcohol content (BAC) is revealed for his friend Brandon Lee, 44, of Peachtree Corners, Georgia during the Huntington Beach Police Department's "Know Your Limit" program visited Sharkeez in downtown Huntington Beach. Both men were well under the legal limit. ///ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: hb.1009.dui Ð 9/26/14 Ð LEONARD ORTIZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER - _LOR7166.NEF - Reporter and photographer will visit HB Main Street bars with HBPD officers for the "Know Your Limit" Program. This program offers voluntary breathalyzer tests to bar patrons to help educate people about how intoxicated they are.
Breath testing machine in Huntington Beach

In my opinion, and other attorneys might have a different view on this, you should take a breath test instead of a blood test.  I say this, despite the various defenses available for blood tests, for specific reasons.

First of all, the law is written to measure “blood alcohol content“.  Taking a measure of alcohol from your breath means that it needs to be converted to a range of what your blood alcohol level should be.

That conversion allows for argument, since the breath machine doesn’t know (but assumes) your lung capacity, or how much your body weight, water content, etc., deviates from the standard used.

Second, the breath machine is subject to manipulation more than blood testing devices are.  There are many defenses to breath tests in a DUI. Breath machines are sensitive to fermentation caught in dental work, or between teeth, or from someone belching, burping, vomiting, or suffering from Acid Reflux or GERD.  Airbag dust, diabetes or a ketogenic diet, or earlier exposure to paint fumes can create a false positive. Breath machines are also highly sensitive to temperature and atmospheric pressure.

If at all possible, without creating a safety issue for the officers, or the jail, delay testing as much as possible, if you have been drinking 2-3 hours or more before the test.  This allows the time factor to work in your favor, burning off alcohol, and putting you into the dissipation phase.

When you are in front of the breath machine, just as holding your breath warms the air, and makes your test result higher, cooling the air going into the machine makes your breath test lower than it might otherwise be.  Remember, breath machines are highly sensitive to temperature.  Hyperventilating, or taking deep but fast breaths, cools your breathing passageways, and will result in a (slightly) lower breath result.

So, the short answer is, refuse the field sobriety tests, refuse the field breathalyzer, delay as much as possible, and then choose a breath test and hyperventilate before taking the test.

8.  How Not to Get a DUI: Fight your Case.

Should I fight my DUI?  That depends.  There is a lot of grey area in between “fighting your case” and “accepting whatever punishment you get”.  A good lawyer that knows DUI well and specializes in handling DUI cases will be able to analyze your case and come up with the best strategy for your defense.  It may be, given the facts of your case, that you have a very good motion to dismiss your case, or a very good chance of winning at trial.  In that case, it would not make sense to take the first deal offered to you, or any deal at all.  It may be that after analyzing all the facts of your case, your lawyer will assess that you have a poor chance of winning at trial.  However, even in that situation, you should decide whether or not to take your case to trial based on the deals that have been offered to you to date.  If you were offered an alcohol school plus thirty days in jail, and your lawyer tells you that you would likely not get jail if you went to trial (based on experience with the judge, the court, or the facts of your case), you may want to take your case to trial, to get a “better deal”.

That is where you will need to be heavily involved in your case.  While a DUI lawyer can give you all you need to empower yourself to make the decisions about what is best for you, measure the risk of each decision involved, and agree on a strategy or come up with a long term solution that you can live with, and that meets the goals that you and your attorney originally set up at the beginning of the case.

9.  How Not to Get a DUI: Get a DUI Lawyer.

Association California DUI Lawyers

Do I need a lawyer?  Although this may seem like a biased opinion, you may, or may not.  An experienced Orange County DUI lawyer, during a free consultation, can review the basic facts of your case and see if a lawyer would make a difference for the long term future of your case.  Lawyers have a duty of honesty to you, and if a lawyer can’t help, they should truly let you know that and come up with solutions for you so that you can feel comfortable handling your case yourself, or can offer to handle court appearances or negotiating a plea bargain for much lower than the full price of services through trial.

What really matters is that a lawyer who is specifically trained to handle DUI will know of defense strategies that even other attorneys don’t know about, and that you would not know about by even after reviewing the police reports yourself.  Just as handling your own IRS Tax Audit, or even doing your own medical diagnosis- you can do it yourself, but you usually get much better results when an expert handles the case for you.

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