Labor Day Weekend Motto: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, Labor Day is the second most deadly day of the year on America’s highways.  So it should be of no surprise that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will be in full force throughout this coming holiday weekend.

The Avoid the 100 DUI task force in California is comprised of over 100 police agencies with a primary focus of catching individuals driving impaired across the state.  Starting August 19, 2011 the Avoid the 100 DUI task force began NHTSA’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown campaign on those driving under the influence which will run through September 5, 2011.   The Avoid the 100 DUI task force will be out in maximum enforcement with DUI driver’s license checkpoints, DUI patrols and DUI task force deployments scheduled throughout the entirety of this holiday weekend.  This program is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety sponsored by NHTSA.  California Highway Patrol will also be out in full force this holiday weekend with 80% of available officers on duty.

The following checkpoints are scheduled in Los Angeles County this weekend:

  • Friday, September 2, 2011:
    Venice Boulevard & Fairfax Avenue in Wilshire Area – 8 PM to 2 AM
    Topanga Boulevard and Califa Street in Topanga Area – 8 PM to 2 AM
  • Saturday, September 3, 2011:
    Venice Boulevard & Lincoln Boulevard in Pacific Area – 8 PM to 2 AM
    Western Avenue and Slauson Avenue in 77th Street Area – 8 PM to 2 AM
    Figueroa Street & 9th Street in Central Area – 8 PM to 2 AM
    Belmont Shore Area  – 6 PM to 2 AM
  • Sunday, September 4, 2011:
    Harbor Boulevard and 1st Street in Harbor Area – 3 PM to 9 PM

The following checkpoints are scheduled in Orange County this weekend:

  • Thursday, September 1, 2011:
    Undisclosed location Cypress – 9 PM to 3 AM
  • Friday, September 2, 2011:
    Undisclosed location Mission Viejo – 7 PM to 3 AM

If you or someone you love is arrested for DUI, it is critical that you contact a skilled DUI defense attorney immediately.  The consequences of a first DUI conviction can include fines, license suspension, mandatory enrollment in an alcohol program, jail time and community service.  With these penalties at stake you deserve it yourself to contact the Parker Law Center today for a free consultation!

LAPD Officer Cited for DUI After Allegedly Driving His Motorcycle the Wrong Way in a Tunnel near LAX Airport

April 26, 2011 – An experienced Los Angeles cop was arrested on suspicion of DUI early on the morning of Saturday, April 13 after he allegedly drove his motorcycle the wrong way down the Sepulveda Tunnel near LAX airport. He was arrested at 4:15 AM by Los Angeles Airport Police and was booked and released at the LAPD Pacific Division.

The officer was later identified as LAPD Officer Joseph M. Bezak out of the Hollywood division.   Bezak was arrested after airport officers responded to a radio call that there was a motorcycle driving north in the southbound lanes of Sepulveda Boulevard. The blood alcohol level of the officer has still not been released.  It is also unclear whether this officer has been placed on administrative leave.  According to Richard French, an LAPD spokesperson, “If there is a DUI arrest, that person probably would be placed temporarily on leave but we cannot verify that for certain in this case.”

If you or someone you love has been arrested for a DUI, it is crucial that you contact a skilled DUI defense attorney immediately.  The penalties associated with a DUI conviction can include license suspension, fines, jail time, mandatory enrollment in an alcohol program and community service.  With so much at stake, you owe it to yourself to contact the Parker Law Center today for a free consultation.

Repeat DUI Offender Arrested After Police Stakeout

March 9, 2011- A two time DUI offender from Petaluma, CA was arrested after a police stakeout at a bar on Monday. The target was Steven Roetter, a two time DUI offender, who was on active DUI probation with terms that include not driving with a measurable amount of alcohol in the system, not to possess or use alcohol, and to stay out of locations where alcoholic beverages are the primary item for sale including liquor stores and bars.

Officers from the Habitual DUI Offender Stakeout Program spotted Roetter’s vehicle parked at a bar in Petaluma on Monday at approximately 4:45 PM. At around 5:00 PM, Roetter exited the bar and drove away. After driving a minimal distance, officers
stopped Roetter. The officers conducted a DUI evaluation and arrested Roetter.  Roetter had a blood alcohol level of 0.11 percent. Roetter was booked at Sonoma County Jail with bail set at $45,000.

Roetter’s license was valid at the time of the stop; however, due to his prior DUI offenses, his vehicle will be impounded for 15 days. Roetter is being charged with DUI with two priors and violation of DUI probation. The Habitual DUI Offender Stakeout Program is funded by a grant through the California Office of Traffic Safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If you or someone you love has been arrested for DUI, it is critical that you contact a competent DUI attorney to defend your rights. The Parker Law Center provides individualized, competent and fierce legal representation. Contact the Parker Law Center today at (800) 805-8804 for a free consultation!

Ice Cream Truck Driver Arrested for DUI

A Tampa Bay area ice cream man was pulled over Monday afternoon after an anonymous caller reported the man driving the van was driving erratically and recklessly after he almost hit a child.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office pulled over Ronald Clifford Purdy to investigate. It is reported that Purdy staggered out of the ice cream truck in New Port Richey and recited his birthday when asked for his address. The police also located two open bottles of whiskey in Purdy’s ice cream truck. Purdy’s BAC came in nearly three times the legal limit at 0.227%.  Purdy was charged with DUI and released on his own recognizance.

If you or someone love is arrested for DUI, it is critical that you contact a skilled DUI defense attorney immediately. Call the Parker Law Center today for a free consultation.

Police Officer Arrested for DUI after Crashing Her Patrol Car

March 7, 2011 – Tulare Police Officer Shannon Oliver was arrested last Wednesday night after she crashed her patrol vehicle into a fence near the Visalia Airport. Oliver crashed her patrol car with a blood alcohol level of 0.22 percent, nearly three times the legal limit. Oliver was off duty and not in uniform at the time of her crash. According to Tulare Police Department Captain Ed Lynn, “the vehicle did leave the roadway and struck about 50 feet of cyclone fence along the airport and a couple street signs.” Oliver was spotted walking away from the scene when a passerby called 9-11. Police then arrested Oliver and released her to a responsible party.

Tulare County District Attorney did not hesitate in the slightest in filing formal charges against Oliver on Friday, just two days following her arrest. Oliver was charged with one count of driving under the influence of alcohol, one count of having a blood-alcohol level over 0.08 percent, and a special allegation that her blood-alcohol level was above 0.15 percent.

The Officer has been placed on administrative leave at this time. The Tulare Police Department has started an internal investigation to determine if Oliver broke policy.  Tulare Police Chief Jerry Breckinridge made the following statement regarding this recent incident: “Obviously, this incident saddens and disappoints me. The Tulare Police Department prides itself in maintaining professional standards and conduct.

This goes against the very grain of what we stand for and enforce. The Tulare Police Department is committed to reducing the number of drunk drivers on our roadways.  This clearly demonstrates that no one is immune to the dangers of alcohol, nor are they
immune from apprehension for driving under the influence of alcohol.”

Oliver is due in court April 12th for an arraignment. If you or someone you love is arrested for DUI, it is imperative that you contact a skilled DUI attorney to help minimize the severe penalties associated. Contact the Parker Law Center today for a free consultation!

Pop Star Icon Christina Aguilera Arrested for Public Intoxication Alongside Boyfriend Matthew Rutler for DUI

March 1, 2011- Earlier this morning in West Hollywood, pop singer, Christina Aguilera, was arrested for suspicion of public intoxication and Matthew Rutler, her boyfriend, was arrested for alleged driving under the influence.

Aguilera was a passenger in a car driven by Rutler when police officials noticed the car driving erratically at 2:45 AM. It was reported that deputies witnessed Rutler speeding, squealing his tires and “burning rubber” on the Sunset Strip.

After the stop, deputies determined Rutler was under the influence of alcohol and arrested him. Deputies noticed Aguilera, who was in the vehicle, was extremely intoxicated so for her own safety she was also taken into custody. According to Steve Whitmore, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson: “[Aguilera] was not capable of taking care of herself. She was incapacitated. She was cooperative.  She was not belligerent in any way whatsoever. She was just intoxicated.”

Aguilera was released, after sobering up, later this morning at 7:30 AM out a back entrance to avoid a crowd of paparazzi. According to Whitmore, the arrest will go on her record but the arrest report will not be forwarded to prosecutors due to the circumstances not meriting criminal charges. Rutler was released later this morning but unlike his girlfriend, he was swarmed by more than 30 photographers as he left the station.

If you or someone you love is arrested for DUI, it is critical you contact a skilled DUI defense attorney to handle your matter. The consequences of a DUI conviction may include jail time, license suspension, mandatory enrollment in an alcohol program, and
fines. Contact the Parker Law Center today to help minimize the penalties associated with your DUI arrest!

Startling Report Reveals Approximately 40 Million Americans Each Year Drive Under the Influence

According to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), each year approximately 40 million Americans are driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs each year. A startling statistic to most but even more surprising is that some states’ driving under the influence rates top 20 percent of its drivers each year.

According to the survey, approximately 13.2% of people aged 16 and older admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol in the past year and another 4.3% admitted to driving under the influence of an illicit drug within the past year. Wisconsin topped the chart for the highest levels of drunk drivers at a shocking 23.7% while Utah bottomed the list with the low levels of drunk drivers at 7.4 %. It is of interest to point out that Wisconsin is also the only state in the US where a first offense DUI is merely a civil matter and does not result in a misdemeanor charge.  Rhode Island topped the chart for high levels of DUI due to drugs at 7.8% and Iowa bottomed the list at 2.9%.

The highest at risk group for DUI are those aged 16 to 25 with the SAMHSA report revealing 19.5% (for alcohol) and 11.4 % (for drugs) of this age group partaking in this behavior. With these numbers in mind, it is of no surprise that one in three car accidents resulting in death on American roadways are due to driving under the influence according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

These statistics may seem disheartening but it is important to note that the national average annual rate of drunk driving has dropped 1.4% evidenced by data collected from 2002 to 2005 compared to data from 2006 to 2009. Overall, 12 states had a reduced number of drunk drivers on the road and 7 states had a reduced number of drivers driving under the influence of drugs on the road.

If you or someone you know has been arrested for DUI, it is imperative that you contact a qualified DUI defense attorney immediately to protect your rights. The consequences of a DUI conviction can include license suspension, enrollment in an alcohol program, installation of an ignition interlock device, fines and jail time. Hiring a competent DUI defense lawyer can help minimize the penalties associated with a DUI conviction. Contact the Parker Law Center today to receive a prompt evaluation of your case!

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If you have been arrested for driving under the influence in Santa Ana, it is imperative that you contact a skilled Santa Ana DUI defense attorney to examine your case and develop your defense. A DUI conviction in Santa Ana can result in very serious consequences including: fines, license suspension, jail time, probation, and restitution.
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