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Two drivers in West Sonoma County were arrested for DUI on Sunday after hitting each other head-on.  The crash happend around 4 a.m. on Valley Ford Road.   A truck driven by one of the suspected drunk drivers went across double yellow lines and struck the other suspected drunk driver’s pickup.

The front ends of both trucks were crushed and both drivers were trapped in their vehicles.  Firefighters from multiple jurisdictions including Marin County and the U.S. Coast Guard pried the drivers from the wreckage.

Both drivers were taken by ambulance to the hospital where they were cited for driving under the influence.

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On Monday, June 26, 2017, City of Fairfield Police were called to investigate a possibly impaired driver in a parking lot on the 1300 block of North Texas Street.  When they arrived the police found a pickup truck stopped in the roadway on Texas Street at Jefferson Street.  When an officer contacted the driver and told her to turn off the pickup truck she refused and drove away only to stop again  in the middle of the street at Texas and Madison streets.

When another Fairfield Police Officer pulled up behind the truck, the driver backed up hitting the front of the police car.  The driver then took off again the chase was on.  The driver ran a red light and struck a City of Fairfield Public Works vehicle, and hit another police car prior to stopping.  Fairfield Police Officers took the driver and her passenger into custody.  The driver was arrested for driving under the influence.

If you are arrested for DUI, whether in Vallejo, Pinole, Richmond or Oakland, call an experienced aggressive driving under the influence attorney for help.

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A San Mateo woman was arrested for a DUI on June 12, 2017, in Belmont after driving her vehicle through a fence at a school and injuring a child.  Emergency responders treated an injured child at the scene of the crash.

When police officers arrived they found a Toyota Corolla that had driven through a fence before coming to a rest near a school building.  Police officers stated that an 11-year-old Belmont boy was struck by the alleged drunk driver and that he was treated at the scene before being taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Toyota was arrested and booked into the San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of DUI and child endangerment.

On Monday, June 12, 2017, a driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI in East Oakland after having a collision with an Oakland motorcycle officer.  The accident occurred in the 5700 block of International Boulevard around 11:30 p.m.  The injured Oakland Police Officer was transported to a local hospital in stable condition.

In Alameda County a first offense drunk driving is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail.  Further, a first time convicted drunk driver will have to attend a DUI program varying in length from three to nine months and may have their driving privilege suspended for 6 months or restricted for up to ten months depending on their blood alcohol level.

In addition, Alameda County is one of four pilot counties in California that require the installation of an ignition interlock device for all DUI convictions including first offenses.
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The Santa Rosa Area California Highway Patrol arrested 16 DUI suspects on the weekend from June 9-11, 2017.  That is the weekend traditionally marking the beginning of the summer driving season.

Over the winter and in the spring the CHP reports that they usually arrest 10-15 drunk driving suspects per weekend but that the number of arrests increases to 15-20 per weekend during the summer.

Sonoma County drivers face an estimated $10,000.00 in expenses for a first DUI.   A conviction for DUI with injury, where someone other than the driver was injured, results in a one year driver license suspension.  Court fines and costs can be more than $2,000.00 and drivers must also pay for attendance at a driving under the influence program and increased insurance premiums. Continue reading
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The Los Angeles Police Department will be running three DUI and driver’s license checkpoints on Friday June 16, 2017, from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on Saturday.  The drunk driving checkpoints will take place in Koreatown, Hollywood and Sherman Oaks.

In addition, the LAPD will be out in force conducting a DUI saturation patrol from 5 p.m. Thursday until 1 a.m. Friday.   Los Angeles Police officer have stated that they investigated over 2,400 driving under the influence-related accidents resulting in 21 fatalities and more than 1,000 injuries in 2016.

Police officers throughout California believe that DUI Checkpoints, along with high visibility DUI saturation patrols, are proven strategies for removing drunk drivers from our roads. In Marin County, the Marin Avoid the 13 multi agency DUI task force, and Police Departments throughout the San Francisco Bay Area hold DUI checkpoints and conduct roving patrols to deter DUI drivers and to keep unlicensed drivers off the streets.
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The Santa Rosa police department will be running a DUI checkpoint at an undisclosed location on Friday, June 16, 2017. The checkpoint will be conducted from 7:00 p.m. on Friday until 3:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Officers from the Santa Rosa police department aim to crack down on drunk driving, which they indicate has caused more than 500 accidents and almost 200 injuries in the last three years.  They state that DUI checkpoints reduce crashes involving impaired driving by almost twenty percent.

drinking and driving conviction for a first offense in Sonoma County, Marin, or elsewhere in the Bay Area can result in punishment including probation, fines, a DUI school and up to 6 months in jail under the California Vehicle Code. Drivers with multiple offenses for driving under the influence face even greater punishment. Whether arrested for DUI in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Novato, or San Rafael, you need to call an experienced aggressive driving under the influence attorney for help.

A man arrested for drunk driving on May 27, 2017, after being pulled over for running a red light disputed a Sebastopol police officer’s claims that he was impaired and was falling down drunk, because he could play hopscotch and do math equations.  Sebastopol Police indicate that the suspect ran a traffic light at Sebastopol and Petaluma avenues and a breath alcohol tested showed that he had a blood alcohol content slightly above the legal limit of 0.08%.

Although the driver contended, that he wasn’t driving under the influence because he could play hopscotch and perform mathematics equations, the Sebastopol Police stressed that a driver need not be stumbling drunk or sloppy drunk  in order for their driving ability to be effected by substances, including alcohol, marijuana, and, over-the-counter prescription medicines

Sonoma and Marin County drivers face an estimated $10,000.00 expense for a first DUI and a conviction for DUI with injury, where someone other than the driver was injured, results in a one year driver license suspension.  Court fines and costs can be more than $2,000.00 and drivers must also pay for attendance at a driving under the influence program and increased insurance premiums. Continue reading
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During the week of May 21, 2017, Marin County law enforcement agencies conduced multi-agency operation targeting 17 specific DUI offenders on supervised probation.  During that countywide sting officers made arrests in Novato and Tiburon for violations of probation.

Five law enforcement teams including Marin County Probation Officers and Novato Police Officers split up across the county conducing searches of residences and cars belonging to DUI offenders.  Any driver on probation who was found to be under the influence of alcohol, in violation of the terms of their probation, was transported to Helen Vine Recovery Center in San Rafael.

Marin County drivers arrest tonight for driving while impaired face possible jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, and additional expenses that can sometimes exceed $10,000.
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Over Memorial Day weekend in Napa County several organizations including MADD and Napa law enforcement agencies teamed up to inform the public about alternatives to drunk driving.  With the BottleRock music festival in town for the Holiday weekend Napa residents and tourists alike were encouraged to get a safe ride home or to book a hotel room.

Concert goers had many safe travel options including Vine Transit, which is offered extended hours, and Uber which ran a $15 off promotion for new riders from May 26-30.

An arrest for Drunk Driving in Napa can cost a driver several thousand dollars in fines and attorney fees and can result in probation with possible jail time, mandatory attendance at a DUI school and a driver’s license suspension.

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