Monthly Archives: January 2015

OC Police Hit The Bars With Breathalyzers, Uber Vouchers To Raise DUI Awareness

The uber vouchers are a great idea. Great gift idea in general.

CBS Los Angeles

LAGUNA BEACH ( — Orange County police hit the bars Saturday night in two beach communities in an effort to educate people on the dangers of drinking and driving.

Officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department administered breathalyzer tests to willing participants so they could see if their blood alcohol levels exceeded the legal driving limit. It’s part of the “Know Your Limit” campaign, which also had police offering advice on how to find safe rides home and, even, handing out Uber vouchers.

Officers say Laguna Beach had an unusually high number of DUI-related fatalities in 2014 — more than any other year for the past three decades.

Law enforcement alone isn’t fixing the problem. Officers say they’re using federal grant money to raise the public’s awareness about drunk driving.

Laguna Beach police say were inspired by the efforts of Huntington Beach police to curb DUI-related crimes and asked them for…

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New App shows locations of DUI Checkpoints

An Anaheim Hills high school teacher, in conjunction with a San Diego developer, has created an app that can be used to show the locations of sobriety checkpoints. Geno Rose, the teacher created the app after being stuck in a checkpoint with his wife and newborn son crying the backseat.  It is a real time app that allows those who have the app to update info live for the other users.  It can be viewed and purchased here : 

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For those who criticize the app, the app serves the purpose of assisting sober drivers, just as well, as drunk drivers, and the evidence that a drunk driver is going to use such an app is entirely speculative. Sobriety checkpoints are illegal in 10 states, per that states Constitution. Those states are: Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.  The United States Supreme Court decided in the case of Michigan Dept. of State Police v. Sitz that sobriety checkpoints, properly conducted, did not violate the United States Constitution. The decision was 6-3.

Justice Stevens dissent in this case was a powerful argument against such checkpoints: “This is a case that is driven by nothing more than symbolic state action — an insufficient justification for an otherwise unreasonable program of random seizures. Unfortunately, the Court is transfixed by the wrong symbol — the illusory prospect of punishing countless intoxicated motorists — when it should keep its eyes on the road plainly marked by the Constitution.”