Fourth of July weekend is upon us, and Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP would like to wish everyone a safe holiday! During this time of year, many people choose to celebrate the birth of our nation with drinks - whether they're on vacation or at local get-togethers with friends and family. Because this weekend has become a popular time to celebrate, it's also become one of the more dangerous times of year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Because law enforcement across Ventura County, Los Angeles County, and Southern California are well aware of the surge in drunk driving during Fourth of July weekend, many agencies will be increasing their DUI enforcement efforts. This means more checkpoints, more saturation patrols, and a larger focus on arresting motorists suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Some of the signs law enforcement will be paying particular attention to when pulling over and questioning suspected drunk drivers includes:
- Unsafe speeds and lane changes
- Swerving / lane departures
- Glossy or watery eyes
- Visible paraphernalia
- Slurred speech & smell of alcohol
In preparation for the weekend, Ventura County law enforcement agencies have announced their plans to crack down on DUIs. For example:
- California Highway Patrol will initiate a maximum enforcement period statewide from Friday evening to late Sunday.
- Simi Valley police have announced 60 additional patrols on Saturday.
- Ventura Police will have additional patrol officers focusing on impaired drivers beginning Friday.
- Oxnard Police will increase enforcement throughout the weekend and during the fireworks show.
- The Ventura County Sheriff's Office will be patrolling Fillmore and other locations throughout the county.
To make sure you and your family stay safe this coming weekend, always drink responsibly, designate a sober driver, or plan for a ride before you drink. At Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP, our DUI attorneys have helped many clients charged with DUI during holidays. If you have questions following an arrest, do not hesitate to contact us for a FREE case review.