Nationwide: lower BAC level? We have bozo judges who order essays for those who kill while driving impaired…we need to enforce the laws we have!
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May 19th, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Twin Cities roads on Friday, May 10, will be saturated with up to 150 law enforcement squads from more than 70 different agencies during a special one-day DWI enforcement crackdown, the largest coordinated DWI event ever in the metro.
The campaign is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. City and county agencies and the Minnesota State Patrol are participating. Extra DWI patrols are also hitting the roads in many other counties this weekend.
The increased patrols are rolling out to alert motorists of the dangers and consequences of drunk driving as the state heads into the warm-weather driving season, when impaired driving activity historically increases. In the past five years, there were 288 drunk driving deaths during May–August, representing 44 percent of the state’s total drunk driving deaths (651) in these five years.
Each year in Minnesota, drunk driving accounts for more than 100 deaths and nearly 300 serious, life-altering injuries. Nearly 30,000 people are arrested for DWI annually and one in seven Minnesota drivers has a DWI on record.
“We are strongly demonstrating what we are doing to stop drunk drivers through this display of enforcement,” says DPS Commissioner Mona Dohman. “We are asking you to do your part, too, by planning ahead and avoiding the dangers and consequences of driving impaired.”
The effort will be supported by high-visibility enforcement tactics including MnDOT overhead message boards calling out certain major corridors as “DWI Enforcement Zones” — where officers will be focusing patrols.
DPS will live-report DWI arrest activity on Twitter May 10 — follow updates at @MnDPS_OTS, #May10DWI.
The May 10 event leads into future increased DWI patrols this summer that will be focused on the state’s 13 counties with the highest combined totals of drunk driving deaths and serious injuries: Anoka, Becker, Dakota, Hennepin, Meeker, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Ramsey, St. Louis, Sherburne, Stearns, Washington, Wright.
A statewide DWI crackdown will be on the roads in mid-August.
Project Solo – Sobriety Checkpoint and Saturation Patrol Results
LEONARDTOWN, MD. (April 29, 2013) According to the St. Mary’s Sheriff’s spokesperson Dep. Cindy Allen, on the weekend of April 26, 2013 the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office conducted a sobriety checkpoint and saturation patrols. The results of the checkpoint and saturation patrols are as follows:
309 vehicles pass through the checkpoint – 3 drivers were pulled over and checked for impairment (Joseph Munoz, 26 of Patuxent River, Maryland was arrested for driving while impaired by Cpl. Stone). In addition the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office License Plate Reader hit on 1 vehicle tag for suspended registration resulting in the driver being issued a citation for operating a motor vehicle with suspended registration and the vehicle being impounded.
During the saturation patrols deputies conducted15 traffic stops and issued 8 citations, 11 warnings, 2 equipment repair orders, checked 2 suspicious persons loitering in a parking lot of a closed business and assisted 1 disabled motorist. Dfc. Meyers arrested Julie Ann Gore, 51 of California, Maryland for driving while impaired.
Project SOLO (Save Our Loved Ones) is a statewide initiative to combat impaired driving and underage drinking to ultimately save lives and reduce roadway deaths. For more information regarding traffic safety or DUI saturation patrols contact Sgt. Butler.
NOTICE: This data base is a great resource for credit managers, law enforcement and background investigations for private sector as well as government screenings of prospective employees. Those who are impaired are advised not to drive after ingesting drugs or alcohol.
If you missed the ABC 7 Washington Special Report
by Jay Korff on the DWIHitParade.com
here it is!
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The following people were booked in East Baton Rouge from Saturday March 23rd through Friday March 29th for DWI and other charges: (List updated daily)
Project “Saving Our Loved Ones” – St. Patrick’s Day Traffic Enforcement Initiative
According to Deputy Cindy Allen of the St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Department, on March 16, 2013 from 10:00 p.m. through March 17, 2013 at 2:00 a.m. the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies in southern Maryland participated in Project “Saving Our Loved Ones” (SOLO). Project SOLO is a statewide initiative to combat impaired driving and underage drinking to ultimately save lives and reduce roadway deaths. The operation encompassed two separate driving under the influence saturation patrols. The first saturation patrol was in the northern end of St. Mary’s County from Mechanicsville to Charlotte Hall with a concentration on the Charles County border. The other patrol was located in southern St. Mary’s County from Hollywood to California with a concentration on the Calvert County border.
Below are the results of the operation:
Seventy-seven (77) traffic stops;
Forty-four (44) citations;
Forty-five (45) issued warnings;
Five (5) verbal warnings:
Eight (8) Safety Equipment Repair Orders (SERO),
One (1) adult alcohol civil citation,
Two (2) juvenile alcohol civil citations,
One (1) investigation initiated for a business employee’s sale of alcohol to a person under the age of 21 (Dew Drop Inn),
Three (3) Driving under the Influence arrests
One (1) motor vehicle collision with property damage only,
Two (2) criminal arrests (CDS marijuana; resist/interfere with arrest and fail to obey lawful order)
Jonathan Craig Smith, 28 of Lexington Park, arrested by Cpl. Connelly for driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of a controlled dangerous substance, suspect marijuana – Three Notch Road in the vicinity of Chancellors Run Road in California, Maryland.
Patch.com – 3 hours ago
KRCG – 5 hours ago
Oneida Dispatch – 6 hours ago
WAMPSVILLE >> The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving drunk drivers during St. Patrick’s Day holidays from 2006-10. With that said, as St. Patrick’s Day approaches, …
San Rafael Police Department (press release) – 8 hours ago
San Rafael, CA – March 13, 2013 – As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, San Rafael Police Chief Diana Bishop and members of the Avoid the 13 DUI Task Force are urging motorists to plan a safe ride home and never get behind the wheel drunk or drugged.
Chetekalert – 10 hours ago
Village News Network – 10 hours ago
SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore announced that beginning Friday, March 15 at 6 p.m. through St. Patrick’s Day weekend, a special DUI crackdown will take place countywide. “The AVOID the 15 DUI Task Force are urging drivers to plan a …
Quad-Cities Online – 12 hours ago
Patch.com – 15 hours ago
The Barrington Police Department today announced it will take part in the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket crackdown by conducting special patrols during this St. Patrick’s Day holiday period to curtail impaired drivers and late-night …
Wisconsin State Journal – 17 hours ago
Utica Observer Dispatch – 18 hours ago
As St. Patrick’s Day and its associated activities approaches, Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley is urging motorists to plan a safe ride home and never get behind the wheel intoxicated, or impaired by alcohol or drugs. During this time period, law enforcement …
News-shield – 18 hours ago
As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, Sheriff Fitzgerald is urging motorists to plan a safe ride home and never get behind the wheel drunk. During this holiday law enforcement officials in Barron County will be on high alert, cracking down on drunk drivers as part of …
WTKR Your NewsChannel 3 – 19 hours ago
Patch.com – 19 hours ago
Naperville police said they are increasing their patrols in the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day in hopes of preventing accidents caused by drunken driving. Get news in your inbox. Sign up for the Patch newsletter. Like Naperville Patch on Facebook.
Patch.com – 19 hours ago
Plainfield police are warning motorists to celebrate safely this St. Patrick’s Day and are conducting a holiday crackdown on drunken drivers and motorists who fail to buckle up. As part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket campaigns, …
Patch.com – 20 hours ago
Patch.com – 21 hours ago
St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday, March 17, and the Glenview Police Department anticipates the potential of more impaired drivers on the road this weekend. “Our officers are aware of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday and with the holiday the potential for an increase in …
The Livingston County News – Mar 12, 2013
GENESEO — The Geneseo Police Department is participating in the 2013 Safe & Sober Campaign against drunk and impaired driving. The national event begins March 15 and ends on March 18, which will include the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. The Geneseo …
Alton Daily News – Mar 12, 2013
Orland Press Register – Mar 12, 2013
As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, Orland police Chief J.C. Tolle warns motorists to plan a safe ride home. The Avoid the 6 DUI Task Force will be out watching for impaired drivers as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over safety campaign. “Drunk driving is …
The Albany Herald – Mar 12, 2013
Asbury Park Press – Mar 12, 2013
MIDDLETOWN — Bayshore police departments will be cracking down on drunken driving as St. Patrick’s Day celebrations ramp up. The 10 departments included in the Bayshore Task Force are urging residents to set up designated drivers before starting any …
Tallahassee.com – Mar 12, 2013
Alton Telegraph – Mar 12, 2013
ALTON – Beginning Thursday, Alton police will be conducting a St. Patrick’s Day holiday crackdown on impaired and unbelted motorists with extra patrols and checkpoints. “We know everyone wants to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with family and friends and …
Marconews – Mar 12, 2013
Area law enforcement officials plan a crackdown on impaired motorists this weekend as part of a national campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has a DUI sobriety checkpoint …
Broderick Crawford starred as Chief Dan Mathews of the HIGHWAY PATROL in 156 episodes of the TV cop show from 1955 to 1959, long before today’s cops were born! Video
According to the Idaho State Police, on March 9, 2013 at approximately 207 am, the Idaho State Police conducted a traffic stop on U.S. 20 at milepost 311 near Idaho Falls on a U-Haul truck that was failing to maintain its lane of travel. The driver was identified as Sergio Javier Varela-Vallecillo (29 YOA) by his Honduras passport and the passenger was identified as Felicia Inez Varela (28 YOA) by her Texas driver’s license. During the traffic stop, there were discrepancies with the rental agreement and both occupants denied ownership of most of the property in the U-Haul.
A Bonneville County K-9 was dispatched to the traffic stop.
The K-9 alerted on the U-Haul and during the search approximately 52 pounds of Methamphetamine and 27 pounds of Cocaine were located. Varela, and Varela-Vallecillo were both arrested and transported to the Bonneville County Jail.
The jail staff alerted the Idaho State Police that Felicia Inez Varela had an additional 5 grams of Methamphetamine concealed on her person. Varela, and Varela-Vallecillo were both charged with Felony trafficking of Methamphetamine, and Cocaine. Felicia Inez Varela was also charged with Felony Introducing Methamphetamine into a correctional facility, and Varela-Vallecillo was charged with failure to purchase a drivers license.
The Idaho State Police was assisted on scene by the Bonneville County Sheriff and Idaho State Police detectives.
The estimated street value of the Methamphetamine and Cocaine is approximately $1,000,000 to $1,200,000.
Broderick Crawford footnote: Even actors playing cops drive drunk! Unlike the California Highway Patrol, the agency featured in the TV series was more concerned with chasing criminals than enforcing driving laws. WIth such limited budgets, there were very few car chases, crashes, and other motor mayhem than is more common in modern police dramas; scenes were often filmed on rural two-lane paved or dirt roads to save money and because Crawford’s own driver’s license was suspended for drunk driving.
Clint Eastwood appears in a 1955 first season episode called “Motorcycle A”; he was paid $80.00
The Idaho State Police, local law enforcement and the Idaho Transportation Department are mobilizing in an effort to stop impaired driving March 10th through the 18th. ISP and numerous local agencies in Southeast Idaho will be stepping up their patrol efforts, safety campaigns, and educational presentations to make our highways and roadways safe for travel.
The effort is part of Idaho’s Toward Zero Deaths’ goal to someday have no traffic deaths on Idaho’s roads. Traffic deaths are not just numbers. They are family members and friends lost.
During the campaign, officers will be watching for impaired drivers. They will also check for seat belt use.
Don’t be fooled if you feel ‘buzzed.’ The ‘buzz’ can get you put in jail by the ‘fuzz!’ It’s not worth the risk. Not only do you risk injuring or killing yourself or someone else, but the financial costs of an arrest or crash are significant to our society.
In 2010, there were 10,726 DUI arrests in Idaho, and 96 fatalities resulting from impaired driving. In addition, there were 1,593 impaired driving crashes. 45.9% of all Idaho fatalities in 2010 were the result of impaired driving!
- Whenever you plan on consuming alcohol, designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.
- If you’re impaired, call a taxi, a sober friend, or family member to get you home safely.
- If you go to a bar, check with the workers. Many local bars have programs to give patrons a free ride home.
- Promptly report suspected drunk drivers you see on roadways to law enforcement. To contact the Idaho State Police, call *477, or your local law enforcement agency.
- If you know someone who is about to drive impaired, take his or her keys, and help make other transportation arrangements.
Your best defense against drunk drivers is to always wear a seat belt and remain attentive to your surroundings and other drivers.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Drunk drivers arrested for sometime deadly crashes sometimes are facing their second, third, or fourth conviction of getting behind the wheel inebriated. Is Erie County tough enough on drunk drivers or are they getting off easy?
Charles Elberson has been wondering that ever since his 26-year-old daughter, Jocelyn, was killed by motorcycle driver 53-year-old David Smith on the Amherst bike path. Smith admitted he was drunk when he hit and killed Jocelyn and 81-year-old Sheila Pelton. It was Smith’s fifth DWI.
“My God, I never thought that this would happen to me, or my wife, and my family and it does. Then when you hear that this person has done this multiple times, you just ask yourself, why?” Elberson wondered.
John Sullivan with Erie County Stop DWI says they’re seeing more people with drinking problems on the road.
“People who are struggling with alcohol, or controlling their consumption of alcohol, or do it on a regular basis are becoming more and more of the people we see being arrested,” said Sullivan.
Each year, Erie County sees 3,500 DWI arrests. Around 1,000 of those are repeat offenders ….MORE