Earlier this month, we talked about the increased risk of getting a DUI over the holidays. Many people attend multiple holiday festivities where there's no shortage of tempting, tasty alcoholic beverages. Before they realize it (and often without realizing it), they're over the legal limit for driving. Law enforcement agencies know this and step up their patrols and checkpoints this time of year.
In San Luis Obispo County, this holiday crackdown was evident back on the second weekend in December. Between Friday night through early Monday morning, officers from eight law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol arrested 27 drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
As unpleasant as a DUI arrest is, the consequences for driving under the influence could be far worse. Just after 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 15, an 84-year-old man was involved in a fatal single-vehicle crash in Cambria. According to the CHP, the longtime Cambria resident's car drifted onto the shoulder of the shoulder and hit a tree stump. The driver, whom they say was not wearing a seat belt, died from his injuries. According to the CHP, alcohol was believed to have been a factor in the fatal crash
Law enforcement agencies in the cities of San Luis Obispo, Pebble Beach and Atascadero planned to have checkpoints and saturation patrols in various locations during the month. The crackdown on drunk drivers is part of a campaign funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety.
Even a first-time arrest for DUI in California can have a serious impact on a person's life. It can mean significant fines, the loss of driving privileges, required attendance in an alcohol education program and even jail time. It is not something that any San Luis Obispo resident should take lightly. Criminal defense attorneys who have experience with DUI cases know that evidence, including Breathalyzer tests, can be challenged. They can also work to help mitigate the effect of a DUI arrest on a person's life, career and future.
Source: San Luis Obispo Tribune, "27 DUI arrests made in weekend crackdown around SLO County" Matt Fountain, Dec. 17, 2014