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Are DUI Arrests Getting Out of Hand?

Posted by Troy Slaten | Jul 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Everyone, even California DUI lawyers, understands why there are DUI laws and why they are enforced. Drivers who are severely impaired due to alcohol can be a danger to themselves and everyone else on the road. Police officers are trained to spot signs of intoxication in drivers and to stop them before any harm is done. The fact that drivers know that serious consequences can result from driving under the influence regulates the number of people who decide to drive if they are intoxicated. When you look at the number of arrest vs the number of DUI related accidents, however, it raises the question whether police officers are a little over eager in making DUI arrests.

For example, this past 4th of July weekend San Diego police officers are reporting a record 46 DUI arrests in one weekend. Holiday weekends are a popular time for police officers to be setting up checkpoints and looking for DUI drivers. Police believe that people do the most drinking and driving during holiday weekends. This 4th of July weekend 46 arrests were made in San Diego and zero fatal DUI accidents were reported. There were 564 DUI arrests in the State of California between 6 pm Wednesday July 3rd and 6 am Friday July 5th reported as well.

DUI enforcement is done to protect people on the road from DUI driver accidents; but the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration in is .08% while the majority of fatal accidents result from drivers with a BAC of .15% or more. This information leads some California DUI attorneys to believe that drivers are being arrested for DUI based on BAC content alone that in no way affects their ability to drive. Statistically, BAC levels over .15% are shown to be the most dangerous. Many drivers who are arrested for low BAC DUI charges are surprised because they did not feel impaired in the least.

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Troy Slaten

Troy Slaten is the managing attorney for Floyd, Skeren & Kelly's Criminal Defense practice. He graduated with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He then went on to earn his law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law.

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