Monday, August 20, 2007

Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. No Excuses! Not Even for Coto de Caza Residents

Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. No Excuses! Not Even for Coto de Caza Residents

Aggressive Crackdown on Impaired Drivers Seeks to Save Lives

August 20, 2007

This summer 450 California Police, Sheriff and Highway Patrol agencies will join with thousands of other law enforcement and highway safety officials across the nation from August 17 through the Labor Day holiday to take part in the Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. Program intended to crackdown on impaired driving.

The message is intended to be simple, and clear: Driving with a BAC of .08 or higher is illegal in every state, regardless of the motorized vehicle: a passenger car, pickup, sport utility vehicle or motorcycle—if you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested. No exceptions. No excuses. Not even for Coto residents.

Law enforcement will be out in force conducting sobriety checkpoints, multi-agency task force operations, local saturation patrols to get more drunk drivers off the road—and save lives that might otherwise be lost.

To further prevent people from driving while impaired, many judges sentence drunk drivers not only to jail time, but also require drivers to install ignition interlock devices on their vehicles. Ignition interlocks can detect when an offender has been drinking and prevent a vehicle from starting. Other available devices include transdermal patches that detect alcohol through a person’s skin and are used in combination with a treatment plan.

Drunk driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. In 2005, nearly 13,000 people were killed on the nations roadways in crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with an illegal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Forty-one percent of the 1,878 motorcycle operators who died in single-vehicle crashes in 2005 had BAC levels of .08 or higher.

It’s important to remember, that much of the tragedy that comes from drunk driving could be prevented if everyone would take these simple precautions:

If you are planning to drink alcohol with friends, designate a sober driver before getting

together or going out and give that person your keys;

If you’re impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely;

Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways– “Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1”

Wear your seat belt while in a car and use a helmet and protective gear when on a motorcycle as these are your best defenses against an impaired driver;

And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.


CHP PUBLIC ARREST RECORD FOR WEEK ENDING 9-10-2006 At the risk of pulling an OCR’s Sickler (attempting to impersonate a reporter by presenting “news” with no factual information to support these news), we are starting to see what appears to be a trend: A reduction in Coto residents arrested for DUI.

Forty-two year old Lake Forest resident, J. Bonilla, was arrested September 4, 2006, for Two-Point Count California Vehicle code violation 14601(a) - Driving while suspended/revoked.

Coto CHP Pro-active Traffic Patrol Cause-Effect -The CHP enforcement hours for March 2007 are 60% below the monthly enforcement hours since the Varo/Mezger board was coerced intro bringing back the CHP (after 2005 traffic fatality). This significant drop in enforcement hours just happens to coincide with the CZ Master Association board of director's decision to change CHP contract renewals from the standard yearly basis to quarterly

The Enemy in Coto de Caza's Midst - The CHP! Can you name all the service providers that have been on a quarterly review (rather than yearly review) – to make sure the service it provides is acceptable? Can you name the members of the board of directors when such actions have taken place?

What does it take to create a public spectacle? - In Coto de Caza- During the 2007 CZ Master Association Candidate’s Nigh (in preparation for the 2007 CZ board of directors' election), incumbents Varo/Mezger insisted that because Ladera Ranch residents were making a public spectacle, CHP hours that otherwise might be allocated to Coto de Caza, were not.

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