Archive for the 'Sobriety Checkpoints' Category

When Are the Peak Periods for DUI Arrests?

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Interesting how incidents of drunk driving — and related law enforcement — increase at different times around the country.  Holidays are important, of course, but so is the weather…

Police Step Up DUI Saturation Patrols

Kansas City, Mo.  April 5 – Law enforcement agencies across the metro area will be cracking down on drunk drivers.

A sobriety checkpoint in Kansas City Friday netted 20 people on suspicion of driving under the influence.  With the Royals in town, the nice weather, and several parties and proms this weekend, authorities said people are getting out and having a few drinks.

"This is the time of year when we all start doing saturation patrols and DUI check lanes because, as we know, this is the time of year when people tend to do a little more partying on the weekends," said Master Deputy Tom Erickson, of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

Police urge residents that if they do plan on drinking this weekend to designate a driver, call a cab or find another way home other than driving.

Here in sunny Southern California, however, the peak dates for drunk driving and DUI-related arrests would be holiday-related:  New Year's Eve, 4th of July, St. Patrick's Day and Cinco de Mayo.  But perhaps surprisingly, based upon my own DUI defense law firm's influx of new client calls over the years, the winner for #1 peak time of the year is….Super Bowl Sunday.


Can I Find Out Where and When There Will Be Sobriety Checkpoints?

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

As most of us are aware, this past 3-day St. Patrick's Day weekend was filled with parties, revelry…and DUI sobriety checkpoints.  As most of us are also aware, these can be irritating, frightening and/or cause traffic delays.

So, I've been asked repeatedly, is there any way I can find out where checkpoints are going to be held in my town?

Yes.  As the U.S. Supreme Court held in the landmark case of Michigan vs. Sitz, which established an exception to the Fourth Amendment for sobriety checkpoints.  See DUI Sobriety Checkpoints: Unconstitutional?  Police agencies, however, are required to publish advance notice of where and when they are to be held.  

Law Enforcement, of course, has been reluctant to tip off driver to this information.  Accordingly, many if not most agencies will publish the locations and times in the back pages of small local newspapers.  Fortunately, however, the internet has proven a valuable source for ferreting out this information.

So….how do you get this information?  Easy, if you are in California:  visit the "Sobriety Checkpoints" section of my law firm's popular DUI defense website.  Along with information about sobriety checkpoints generally, there are links to lists of checkpoints scheduled in most Southern California counties.