A recent drunk driving checkpoint in Ventura netted a single DUI driver. Following a field sobriety test, the suspect registered a blood-alcohol level of .15. Officers cited two other drivers for driving without a license. They also cited one driver for driving on a suspended license. Additionally, five drivers received citations for other offenses.
As a driver, you may wonder about the effectiveness of sobriety checkpoints. To say the least, the data is mixed. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), checkpoints are effective in locating and arresting impaired drivers. Supporters point to evidence that shows that routine use of checkpoints reduces drunk driving fatalities by 20%. “Regular” use, however, consists of weekly checkpoint operation. Most municipalities don’t operate sobriety checkpoints that frequently.
A 2009 University of Maryland study contradicts the IIHS proclamation. That study found that checkpoints did not affect public perceptions regarding drunk driving enforcement. They also did not change driver behavior, reduce alcohol-related crashes, or increase drunk driving citations. Comparatively, the study found that roving patrols netted ten times more drunk drivers than stationary checkpoints did. Other data analysis also shows that stationary checkpoints identify only about 3 impaired drivers for every 1,000 evaluated.
Ventura DUI attorney
Regardless of how you may have been arrested, a DUI in Ventura can be expensive. When you face drunk driving charges in Ventura County, hire an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He has defended thousands of Californians in that time.
Most drunk driving arrests result in misdemeanor charges. Certain factors can also affect the charges you receive. A history of drunk driving arrests, causing injury or death and other factors can produce felony charges against you.
A conviction for drunk driving can result in jail time, fines, loss of your driving privileges, driving restrictions, driver retraining and other expensive sanctions. The cost of a drunk driving arrest may tempt you to defend yourself or admit the charges without defense. Don’t do this! Work with an experienced criminal defense attorney and see what a difference proper representation can make!
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura DUI case.
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