Tag: DUI

County Gets Tougher On Impaired Drivers

Big Bear Lake, CA December 17, 2012 – In 2010, there were 221 deaths and 11,764 serious injuries as a result of DUI crashes in the County. The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office has started a Special DUI Prosecution Program, thanks to a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. The $230,000 grant will fund a Vertical Prosecution team to work cases from arrest through sentencing, on cases of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Those arrested for DUI in San Bernardino County, especially repeat offenders and those involved in fatal or injury crashes, can expect to face highly trained, specialized prosecutors. District Attorney Michael Ramos promised, “With this grant we will be able to add more resources to protect our citizens and ultimately hold those who decide to drink and drive responsible for their actions.” In fatal and major injury DUI vehicle collisions, members of the team may even start by going to the crash scene to be part of the investigation. Prosecution team members will work with the State’s Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor Program to increase the capabilities of the team and the office by obtaining and delivering specialized training, including training in the emerging problem of drug-impaired driving.  Team members will share information with peers and law enforcement personnel throughout the county and across the...

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Big Bear Sheriff’s Station and CHP Had a Busy Weekend

Big Bear, Ca, September 19, 2011, 4:00pm – The California Highway Patrol, and the Big Bear Lake Sheriffs Department were both very busy this past weekend in Big Bear.  On Sunday a Hell’s Angels event was held at Chad’s Place in the village, bringing motorcycle clubs up to Big Bear from across California.  According to a representative from the Big Bear Sheriffs Department not all of the motorcycle clubs or outlaw gangs get along.  While there were no major incidents coinciding with the event, the sheriffs department deployed 12 two-man cars to patrol the area and valley as a whole.  The Sheriffs Department gave out 32 moving citations or tickets this weekend along with six parking citations, six vehicles were towed, and five people were arrested, three for DUI’s, one for being drunk in public, and one for being under the influence of a controlled substance.  A majority of these citations were for motorcyclists.  For the California Highway Patrol, two different grants were utilized this past weekend, one for the “Arrive Alive, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign, and the other for their motorcycle safety campaign.   The CHP had officers out in force on Highway 330, Highway 18, Highway 38, and the back grade.  CHP gave 12 seatbelt tickets, two tickets for unlicensed of suspended drivers, nine for expired registration, six for crossing the double yellow lines, one for passing...

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Avoid DUI Task Force Deploys Extra Patrols For Cinco de Mayo

San Bernardino, CA, May 5, 2011 – Cinco de Mayo means gathering with friends and co-workers for salsa, chips and Margaritas, celebrating California’s rich cultural diversity.  It is also a night when dangerous and often deadly outcomes occur because another impaired driver hits the road drunk.  The San Bernardino County Avoid the 25 DUI Task Force will be deploying overtime patrols onto city streets while CHP will be saturating the freeways and unincorporated communities.  They will be looking for the signs of a drunk driver to stop and test, and they’ll arrest those who have had too much alcohol. Everyone, including hosts, local bars and restaurants, must be sure to promote designated sober drivers in advance, before the ‘Fiesta’ begins. Plan ahead with these common sense tips. Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins. Identify and provide free non-alcoholic drinks to the Designated Driver. Party hosts and servers must limit the number of drinks given to your guests or patrons.  Don’t serve more than one or two drinks over several hours. Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the party – and provide plenty of food. If you see dangerous driving, Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1. Avoid the 25 DUI Task Force funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through...

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