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DUI Checkpoint Today in Oroville, Southern Butte County

The Oroville office of the California Highway Patrol said it will conduct a DUI and license checkpoint today from 6 pm to 11 pm somewhere in southern Butte County, according to the Oroville Mercury Register.

Chico DUI Checkpoint Yields 4 Arrests in Butte County Memorial Day Weekend Avoid the 8 Campaign

Chico, CA.  Four arrests were made on Saturday night in connection with an Avoid the 8 DUI checkpoint conducted on Saturday night in the area of Park Avenue near 17th Street in Chico, Butte County, California, according to Chico Enterprise Records Staff Reports.

DUI Saturation Patrols and Checkpoint Planned for Chico, Oroville, Paradise and Butte County for Memorial Day Weekend

Chico, CA.  May 23, 2014.  Officers with law enforcement agencies throughout Butte County (Chico, Oroville, Paradise and surrounding communities) will be patrolling in large numbers Memorial Day weekend to keep impaired drivers off the road, according to Oroville Mercury Register staff reports dated May 21, 2014.

The Avoid the 8 anti-driving under the influence task force will conduct a drunken driving and driver’s license checkpoint on Saturday in Chico, according to a press release from Avoid the 8.

Also, the California Highway Patrol is deploying all available officers for Memorial Day weekend onto freeways and county roads as part of its maximum enforcement period, which begins Friday, May 23 at 6:01 p.m. and will continue until Monday, May 26 at 11:59 p.m., according to the Oroville Mercury Register story.

Oroville Butte County DUI Checkpoint from 4 PM to Midnight

May 5, 2014.  Chico Enterprise Record reports that a sobriety and driver license checkpoint is planned tonight (4 pm to midnight) at an undisclosed location some where in southern Butte County, according to an Oroville office of the California Highway Patrol press release.  In a separate article, the Chico Enterprise Record reports, “Would-be drivers who’ve celebrated Cinco de Mayo with alcohol can get a free tow home instead by participating in AAA Northern California’s tipsy tow program.  The service provides a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle of up to 10 miles to the driver’s home. If there are additional passengers, they will be taken to the driver’s home if there’s room in the tow truck.  The service starts at 6 p.m. today and runs to 6 a.m. Tuesday. Call 1-800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and tell the AAA operator, “I need a Tipsy Tow.”  You do not need to be a AAA member to take advantage of this service. You cannot make a reservation.

According to the California Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 802 drunken-driving fatalities in 2012, 28 percent of all traffic deaths that year. Nationally, over 1.2 million drivers were arrested in 2012 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.  AAA estimates that a first-time DUI conviction in California can cost up to $12,000 in fines, penalties, restitution, legal fees, and added insurance expenses.

DUI Checkpoints and Alcohol Enforcement Planned for Cesar Chavez Weekend in Chico.

Chico, CA.  Avoid the Eight DUI checkpoints are planned, and Chico Police will be in force in the downtown and south of campus areas through Sunday on the look out for violations primarily related to alcohol use, according to an article by Chico Enterprise Record reporter Almendra Carpizo.

According to the article, last year officers made twenty-five arrests for being drunk in public, six arrests for driving under the influence, two citations for being minors in possession of alcohol and two for fighting in public (noting that half of those arrested or cited were identified as students).

Daniel Ledford, Butte County DUI and criminal defense attorney comments, “hopefully the weekend will be relatively quiet and peaceful — as it was a couple of weekends ago for the St. Patrick’s weekend.”

Chico DUI Checkpoints and St. Patrick’s Alcohol Enforcement Beefed Up for Weekend – CSU Chico Students Beware – Avoid the Eight

Chico, California.  The Chico Police Department, Butte County Sheriff, Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC), and other law enforcement agencies are gearing up for unruly crowds that have been known to descend on downtown and south of campus neighborhoods for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, according to Chico Enterprise Record.

The glass ban and open container codes will be in effect and enforced from 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday around downtown and the area south of Chico State.  Arrests for minor in possession and public intoxication are likely.

The Butte County Avoid the Eight, which is made up of law enforcement agencies in the county, will be operating DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols to locate impaired drivers or those driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or greater.

Butte County DUI and criminal defense attorney, Daniel Ledford, commented, “It’s pretty easy to have a good time without getting arrested – don’t drink too much, don’t walk around with a beer, a bong, or anything else in your hand that would draw attention, be polite, and don’t drive.”  If you are arrested, invoke your right to remain silent and ask for a lawyer.

Tipsy-tow for Drinking, DUI drivers Planned for Memorial Day

(Chico Enterprise Record, Staff Reports, May 25, 2012)
AAA of Northern California will be offering its “tipsy tow” service for drinking drivers on Memorial Day. From 6 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday, both AAA members and nonmembers can call 1-800-222-4357 for a free tow of up to 10 miles. Service is restricted to a one-way ride for the driver and his or her vehicle home.

DUI Checkpoints in Chico, Oroville and Orland for Memorial Day Weekend

According to Chico Enterprise Record Staff Reports, dated May 24, 2012, Law enforcement agencies plan to have drunken driving checkpoints Friday in Chico, Oroville and Orland for the Memorial Day weekend. Extra patrols will also be looking for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs from Friday through Monday in Butte and Glenn counties as well as throughout the state. Chico’s DUI checkpoint will run from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the downtown area. The Oroville DUI checkpoint will be in operation from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Highway 99 between Chico and Red Bluff – Safety Crackdown Begins Today

According to Chico Enterprise Record Staff Reports dated May 23, 2012, today the California Highway Patrol will be intensifying enforcement of speed limit, mandatory seat belt, cellphone and texting laws along the 40 miles of Highway 99 between Chico and Red Bluff. At the same time, Caltrans will promote new highway safety features as well as set up roadside message signs alerting motorists about the day-long “Safety Never Takes a Holiday” campaign. Caltrans and the CHP plan to schedule these one-day public safety awareness campaigns every quarter.

In a press release, Jody Jones, Caltrans District 3 director, pointed out safety improvements along that part of 99, including “rumble strips” along the center lines and shoulders, to alert motorists when they’re leaving their lane. That stretch of the highway was also designated a daylight headlight section this month, requiring drivers to turn headlights on during the day.

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