South San Francisco Police out to fight drunk driving in 2010

The City of South San Francisco Police Department has received state monies to increase the use of DUI checkpoints, patrols and courthouse stings in 2010. They have received almost $140k from the California Office of Traffic Safety and will apparently use some of that money to stake out repeat DUI offenders.

According to the Office of Traffic Safety the people of South San Francisco will also receive an education on the dangers of drunk driving. Office of Traffic Safety Director Christopher Murphy says the grant money will keep the annual trend of declining alcohol impairment related crashes going.

If you get a DUI in California there is a good chance you are going to have your driver’s license suspended. On a first offense you have only ten days to request a DMV administrative hearing and if you fail to do so, or lose the hearing, your license will be suspended for four months, longer if you are under 21 years old or refused a chemical test. You will also lose your license for six months if you are convicted of driving under the influence.

Many people with suspended driver’s licenses have no choice but to drive as our public transit is unreliable, limited, and inconvenient and it is hard to rely on family and friends as chauffeurs. Unfortunately if your license is suspended and you drive to court or the court suspends your license and then you drive away, there may be a cop waiting for you. That type of sting is common in many San Francisco Bay Area courthouses and apparently will be funded with the 2010 grant money in South San Francisco.

If you are arrested for DUI in South San Francisco, Oakland or Novato, call an experienced aggressive driving under the influence attorney for help.

For more information about driving under the influence charges in San Mateo County and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, or for a free consultation, call San Mateo County DUI attorney John Stanko at 415-755-8899, or toll free at 1-877-204-8900.