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Laguna Beach Police Plan DUI Checkpoints and Patrols This Weekend

The checkpoint is undisclosed, so you better watch out, and better not cry, if you get popped for a DUI ...

The Laguna Beach Police Department is apparently wasting no time spending the $32,000 grant they just received to combat drunk driving. The LBPD just announced that they will be conducting a DUI/driver's license checkpoint this upcoming weekend, which for some is a four-day-long affair leading into Christmas Tuesday.

The location is undisclosed, but will be within city limits on Friday, Dec. 21, from 9 p.m. till 3 a.m. There will also be roving DUI saturation patrols deploying in the city on Saturday night, Dec. 22, also from 9 p.m. till 3 a.m.

"Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have resulted in 60 injury crashes harming 85 of our friends and neighbors,” said LBPD Lieutenant Jeff Calvert.

According to the LBPD, in California, alcohol- or drug-impaired driving led to 791 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver.

The department will also be checking drivers to ensure they have a valid driver’s license,

Kurt Knepper December 19, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Don't Drink & Drive, but if you do get pulled over I suggest the following, while keeping in mind that you are on video and audio during the entire stop: *be polite to the officer, even if they are not.. *no need to be accurate about how many drinks you have had or where you are coming from.. *DO NOT consent to anything, meaning don't consent to a search of your person or car.. *only answer the questions asked, don't share more.. **Be prepared to go to jail, meaning if the officer has decided to arrest you, don't hurt your future case by trying to talk your way out of it, because a jury will hear and see your entire performance and generally it's not a good performance.. ** Remember YOU have rights (4th, 5th, 6th and 14th amendment), use them.. ** And Don't Act Alone if your are busted, contact a lawyer.. ** I'm a DUI lawyer if you need one: www.knepperlawfirm.com
mocker December 19, 2012 at 09:25 PM
And dont offer the officer a drink, he's on duty. Thank him for his society imposed early x-mas present and go take a ride with him to see the best lit houses of Laguna....the jail
dj December 20, 2012 at 05:18 PM
"no need to be accurate about how many drinks you have had or where you are coming from.. " No need to disclose anything at all. You are under no obligation to provide law enforcement with any information other than license, registration and insurance. Any answers or explanations you give as you try to "cooperate" will be scrutinized for evidence to find probable cause. The officer can ask you about what you've had to drink, where you are going, if you're on prescription or other drugs or what your dog's name is. You don't have to answer ANY of it! Also, if you see a checkpoint ahead as you drive, it is perfectly legal to avoid it as long as you do not break any driving laws in doing so. My advice is to avoid it if you can. Otherwise, the very best that will happen will be an unnecessary delay as you wait in a long line and then you'll get interrogated by someone with a gun and a badge who may just decide they don't like you.
dfgjndfghjn December 20, 2012 at 05:32 PM
The above is correct. I had a cop harass me once. He was on a power trip and wanted badly to make a drunk driving arrest. When he couldn't get me for DUI, he tried to intimidate and escalate the situation by verbally abusing me. I didn't take the bait by retaliating so he had to let me go. It was Officer Wolter of the San Juan Capistrano Highway Patrol. What a punk ass douche.

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