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November 2010 Archives

CHP Sees Decrease In Thanksgiving DUI Arrests

California Highway Patrol Officers recorded four traffic fatalities and 116 DUI arrests in Los Angeles County last year during the first 36 hours of the long Thanksgiving weekend. Hence, CHP officers might have been expecting a high number of DUI arrests during this year's Thanksgiving as well.

L.A Weekly, however, reported that this year CHP officers saw a significant decline in DUI arrests over the Thanksgiving holiday. The CHP officers in L.A. County reportedly saw only 98 DUI arrests and two traffic deaths on highways and streets under their jurisdiction during the same time period of Thanksgiving weekend 2010. Statewide, CHP reported 520 DUI arrests and seven traffic deaths during the first day and a half of Thanksgiving weekend. These numbers reflect five less traffic deaths this year and 22 less DUI arrests.

Man Accused Of Driving Under Influence Of Nitrous Oxide

You can be arrested for DUI even if you haven't consumed any alcohol. As long as you're impaired by any substance, it's possible to be charged with driving under the influence.

The Los Angeles Times reported that 20-year-old Jose Luis Gomez was arrested on suspicion of DUI after the man allegedly drove while impaired by nitrous oxide. The nitrous oxide is often consumed by inhaling the substance through a whipped-cream canister that uses the gas as a charger. In this case, police suspect that the driver may have inhaled the gas from balloons that were filled with nitrous oxide.

Huntington Beach Looking to Post Names of DUI Suspects on Facebook

The city of Huntington Beach wants to post the names of drunk driving suspects on Facebook, which has stirred a great deal of debate among Southern California residents and city leaders. The Los Angeles Times reports that by posting the names of people arrested for DUI on the city’s Facebook page, city councilmembers believe that people will be discouraged from driving under the influence in the ciy.

Seal Beach DUI Checkpoint Planned for Thanksgiving Weekend

Over the long Thanksgiving weekend next week, people in Southern California can expect to see DUI checkpoints and other methods of DUI enforcement in Los Angeles and Orange County. So far, the Seal Beach Police Department has announced a checkpoint at the following time and location:

  • Friday November 26: Pacific Coast Highway, between 12th and Main Streets, 8:00 p.m-3:00 a.m.

The Long Beach Press Telegram reports that this checkpoint is being funded by the statewide “Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest program,” which works to crack down on drunk drivers and raise awareness of DUI crimes with highly visible law enforcement efforts. Residents of Southern California can expect to see more checkpoints over Thanksgiving weekend as well as over the entire holiday season. We’ll keep you updated about the announced checkpoint locations through this blog.

Man Charged WIth DUI After Setting Up "Ghost Riding" Stunt

Neil Tillman has been charged with two felony counts of driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in serious injury. However, it looks as though the 29-year-old man may have never even driven the car that allegedly rolled down a hill and crashed into a parked truck.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Neil Tillman allegedly set up a “ghost-riding” stunt (a move from rap videos where people ride on top of a driverless car) while he was drunk in Carlsbad on October 4. His wife Melanie Tillman and his friend reportedly sat on top of the roof of the rented Toyota Prius during the stunt. San Diego prosecutors say that Neil Tillman jumped out of the vehicle after starting the car and began filming the incident.

More DUI Enforcement Coming to Los Angeles County

Within the past year, the Los Angeles Police Department has conducted numerous DUI checkpoint and has taken on many new DUI enforcement initiatives. These efforts were funded through grants by the California Office of Traffic Safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Now, it looks like the Los Angeles region will be taking on even more new DUI enforcement efforts because of new grant money that was given to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which is actually the sole police department for 42 of the 88 cities in Los Angeles County. L.A List reports that the Department was awarded a $1.1 million traffic safety grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to fund their work in combating DUI deaths and injuries. Hence, motorists in L.A County can expect more DUI checkpoints and enforcement measures.

Chris Klein Still Working After Second DUI Conviction

Actor Chris Klein’s story shows that multiple DUI convictions doesn’t have to ruin a person’s career. While his job might not be as normal as a typical Hollywood actor, he seems to be coping with his DUI in a responsible manner.

People Magazine reports that the star of American Pie pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor DUI charges in September and was also convicted of DUI back in 2005. A judge sentenced the actor to four years of probation and ordered him to attend alcohol education classes for the next 18 months.

Dwight Dalton Davis Found Guilty of Manslaughter After DUI Crash

A Los Angeles man that killed a Cajon High School student in San Bernardino in a DUI crash was found guilty last week of gross vehicular manslaughter, one count of hit-and-run, and two DUI-related counts. The San Bernardino Sun reports that Dwight Dalton Davis, the offender, now faces 18 to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on December 10.

The Dangers Of Drowsy Driving

Which is more dangerous: drunk driving or drowsy driving? The answer isn't a no brainer.

ABC News reports that driving after not getting enough sleep can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence, according to a new AAA study. The results of the AAA study revealed that driving after staying awake for 24 hours was the same as having a blood-alcohol level of 0.10. It turns out that driving while sleepy is similar to driving under the influence.

DUI Checkpoint In Van Nuys On 11/2/10

The Los Angeles Police Department conducts sobriety and driver's license checkpoints just about every weekend in at least one location in Los Angeles County. Tonight, LAPD has announced that they'll be conducting a DUI checkpoint in the city of Van Nuys at the following location:

  • Friday November 5: Roscoe Boulevard between Woodley Avenue and Haskell Ave , 8:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Is Alcohol More Dangerous Than Cocaine and Ecstasy?

People might think that alcohol is harmless because it's legal to those that are over the age of 21. However, New York Daily News reports that a study led by Dr. David Nutt at the University of Bristol concluded hat alcohol is more harmful than other hard drugs like heroin and crack cocaine.

The study scored 20 different drugs on 16 criteria, nine of which were related to the harms that a particular drug does to an individual and seven of which were related to the harms a drug does to others. Out of 100 points, alcohol scored 72 points. Heroin scored only 55 points and crack cocaine scored only 54 points.

Brandi Glanville Arrested On Suspicion Of DUI

Brandi Glanville was involved with some family law drama last year when she divorced actor Eddie Cibrian. Now it looks like the Hollywood model will need to hire a Los Angeles DUI attorney for defense with her most recent drunk driving bust.

Us Magazine reports that Eddie Cibrian's ex-wife was arrested on suspicion of DUI last Friday when she was driving through Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard. Brandi Glanville was reportedly pulled over by the cops for a traffic violation. Officers said that the woman smelled of alcohol and that she failed field sobriety tests, which prompted the arrest. Brandi Glanville was booked into the Beverly Hills jail, but released after posting $5,000 bail.