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Orange County DUI arrests drop – city by city

The press have been noting that Orange County DUI arrests have been dropping for over a decade, including a huge drop for this past year, in 2015.

Like Los Angeles County, which reported a drop in 2012, and again in 2013, and in 2014, Orange County has seen, each year, a drop in DUI related fatalities and DUI arrests and convictions.

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Here is a look at the various agencies in California and their individual changes in DUI arrest statistics in Orange County.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department – O.C.’s largest law-enforcement agency – logged 1,392 DUI incident reports last year and 1,180 reports in 2015, with only three days left to the year.

Fullerton Police had 721 DUI arrests through November 2014, compared with 623 through November of this year, said Fullerton Police Chief Dan Hughes.

Santa Ana had 807 DUI arrests last year, and 704 through the first week of December this year, said Corporal Anthony Bertagna.

The Fountain Valley Police Department reported 201 DUI arrests in 2014 and 135 in 2015, with just days left to go, Llorens said.

Cypress Police Department arrests fell from 56 in 2014 to 27 through November.

Irvine logged a drop in Irvine DUI arrests from 594 in 2013 to 531 in 2014 to about 410 to date this year.

The Costa Mesa Police Department saw Costa Mesa DUI arrests drop by more than half in 2014.

Westminster Police’s DUI arrests totaled 255 in 2013, 254 in 2014 and 230 through the first week of December, said Deputy Chief Dan Schoonmaker.

But in some areas, the DUI arrest rate went up. Anaheim’s DUI arrests rose from 555 in 2014 to 563 to date in 2015, said Sgt. Daron Wyatt.

Newport Beach, Tustin and Brea had arrested more people through November of this year than they had in all of 2014, officials said.

Staffing, and outside grants to run checkpoints, can impact these totals. The state and federal government give grants for DUI checkpoints, under a “use it or lose it” mandate.

Costa Mesa’s DUI arrest declines are largely because it reassigned DUI enforcement officers to full-time patrol duty, they say.

Santa Ana ran 21 checkpoints last year, netting 115 arrests; it ran 16 this year, netting 62 arrests.

Anaheim usually runs 10 checkpoints, which yielded five DUI arrests last year. Its 64 “saturation patrols” – where officers rove the city, specifically looking for inebriated drivers – were far more productive, netting 84 arrests.

Overall, the rate of DUI in Orange County, and all California DUI arrests have been declining.

This is typical for statistics comparing Orange County DUI checkpoints to Orange County DUI Saturation Patrols.

Costa Mesa DUI Checkpoint results in one DUI arrest

Costa Mesa DUI Checkpoint results in one DUI arrest

Our Orange County DUI Lawyers have learned, through communication from the Costa Mesa Police Department, that a recent Costa Mesa DUI Checkpoint results in one DUI arrest and that police cited or arrested 13 others on suspicion of driving without a valid license at a DUI checkpoint on October 30, 2015.

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Orange County DUI Checkpoint Arrests

As we had previously announced, police officers had staffed the checkpoint from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on the northbound side of Harbor Boulevard at Peterson Place, within the Costa Mesa City Limits.

As is typical for Orange County DUI checkpoints, during the six hour operation, 1,335 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, officers stopped 529 of them for screenings and checked 22 drivers for possible intoxication, and ended up impounded five vehicles during the operation.

The LA Times also reported on this DUI Checkpoint in Costa Mesa. The Associated Press reported also that social media has changed DUI checkpoints, and as a result,  DUI checkpoints may be on the way out.

Opponents point to constitutional privacy rights as one of a number of reasons why the checkpoints are a bad idea, says Doug Honig, for one, who is with the ACLU of Washington state.

“In our society, if you’re out and about on the highway and you aren’t doing anything wrong, law enforcement shouldn’t be stopping you,” Honig says. “They should have to have an individual suspicion that you are doing something wrong and not engaging in fishing expeditions.”

Although typically not very effective, as you can see from the statistics from this particular operation, DUI checkpoints are a big money maker for law enforcement – impound fees from unlicensed drivers (as in this DUI checkpoint, where impounded vehicles and unlicensed drivers were many times greater than the one DUI arrest), plus substantial money grants are only funded for checkpoints, and not the more effective DUI Saturation Patrols, through grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the Federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and in some cases, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

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California’s New App Aims to Lower Orange County DUI cases

California’s New App Aims to Lower Orange County DUI cases

California’s New App Aims to Lower Orange County DUI cases: The California Office of Traffic Safety introduced an app a few months ago, meant to encourage designated drivers, and to discourage drunk driving. That would have the effect of lowering DUI arrests in Orange County.

The phone app, called DD VIP, is made for both iPhones (and iPads), and Android devices, shows exclusive offers and discounts for designated drivers at bars and restaurants throughout California. It also offers a way to call for a ride home in case the designated driver decides to have something to drink.

Android users can get the app here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.glass.ddvip&hl=en

iOS users can get the app here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ddvip-bar-finder-for-designated/id941928425?mt=8

On the Apple iTunes store, one comment states: “First DD app that isn’t just a cab finder. Does what it says and what I want. Finally, being the DD is cool, plus free stuff!’

As an Orange County DUI Attorney, I am always on the look for changes to technology, the law, and defenses, whether legal or factual.

I’m also interested in both keeping the police and courts honest, and keeping our roads safe. I checked out this app and see that for Newport Beach DUI and surrounding designated drivers, there were listings for Bayside Restaurant, The Class of 47 Bar, and The Alley Restaurant and Bar. Bayside had a “Fojito”, a non alcoholic drink made with strawberries, mint leaves, and fresh lime juice, and the others allowed designated drivers to choose any drink without alcohol. All presented the option to have one drink, free, at their establishment.

It also has a link to call Uber, Lyft, or Curb (which used to be called Magic Taxi), if someone needs a ride.

This app is well done and surprisingly forward thinking for the CHP and CA Office of Traffic Safety, and may help encourage designated drivers and lower DUI Arrests.

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

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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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Irvine DUI Checkpoint announced for June 12, 2015

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DUI checkpoint near this onramp to the 405 North at Jamboree Road.

Another Orange County DUI Checkpoint, an Irvine DUI Checkpoint announced for June 12, 2015, was announced as an OC DUI Checkpoint. The Irvine Police Department have announced a DUI checkpoint to be conducted tomorrow, Friday, June 12, 2015, from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. in the area of Jamboree Road and Michelson Drive. That area is near Houston’s, The Daily Dose, and is near the Daily Grill, The Melting Pot, on one side of the 405, and Andrei’s on the other.

Our Irvine DUI Lawyers learned about the DUI checkpoint from a press release issued by Irvine PD – they stated that they wanted publicity for this DUI checkpoint to deter drunk driving in the City of Irvine.

Are DUI Checkpoints Legal?

As most people know, DUI checkpoints are roadblocks that law enforcement officers set up on roads for the purpose of catching people driving under the influence of alcohol. Some of us also think they are used to generate revenue for police departments and the State, since the stops often result in citizens being slapped with minor (finable) offenses. Of course, civil asset forfeiture laws allow the police to seize vehicles and share impound fees between the police and  has been implemented during these stops as well.

In California, the Ingersoll decision sets up the legality of DUI checkpoints in CA, but also the requirements for them to be legal.

Twelve states do not conduct sobriety checkpoints because they prohibit them by state law or their interpretation of state Constitution. If you live in, or are driving through, any of these 12 states, you won’t have to worry about encountering entrapment checkpoints:

  • Alaska,
  • Idaho,
  • Iowa,
  • Michigan,
  • Minnesota,
  • Montana,
  • Oregon,
  • Rhode Island,
  • Texas,
  • Washington,
  • Wisconsin, and
  • Wyoming.

Interestingly, many of the 38 states that DO conduct checkpoints do so under the belief that they are “upheld” under the federal Constitution. Washington, D.C. also allows them for that reason.

And, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that in the case of DUI checkpoints, our Fourth Amendment rights don’t apply. That court found that the state’s interest in reducing drunk driving outweighs the “minor infringement” on a driver’s Constitutional rights.

Certain requirements for “Constitutional” checkpoints do apply, though.  In California, the Ingersoll decision applies:

In order for the checkpoints to be Constitutional there must be clear guidelines that are carefully followed by the legal authorities. Additionally, the Court has left it up to each individual state to develop these guidelines. In California, for example, the state supreme court has held that the decisions about where to set up sobriety checkpoints and about which cars to stop (i.e. every car, every sixth car, etc) must be made by supervisors prior to officers setting up the checkpoints. The sites selected should be in areas that have a high incidence of drunk driving and the length of each stop should be minimized. (source)

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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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