Listen up Moms and Dads

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare to have their child killed. We are biologically programmed to do anything to keep our children alive and one way that we can do that is to be extra vigilant before and during the time that they start driving. In addition to teaching them the rules of the road, we have to teach them not to drink and drive.

Learning to drive is an exciting time for a teenager, and a stressful
one for any and all parents. A driver’s license brings freedom and a
new level of independence, but it can also bring serious risks. Learning
to operate a vehicle under a variety of circumstances takes practice
and is a skill that is developed over time. It’s no surprise that car
crashes are the number one cause of death for teenagers, resulting in six teen deaths every day.

Too often, our sons and daughters are injured or even killed because
they are inexperienced drivers, taking unnecessary risks like texting,
driving under the influence, speeding and not wearing a seat belt. Our
sons make up three out of four teen deaths in car crashes, and the risk of a crash by teen drivers is almost three times higher if their passengers are male.

But parents can play an important role in preventing these tragedies.

According to our study
supported by the General Motors Foundation, when parents and teens
discuss rules for driving and come to a formal agreement, whether verbal
or written, teens are less likely to engage in risky behavior while
driving.

For example, teens told us when they have an established family rule
against drinking and driving they were 10 times less likely to drive
after drinking than those who didn’t have an established rule. Teens
with explicit family rules were more likely to wear their seat belt
every time and were less likely to drive distracted or speed.

What parents do
behind the wheel also matters. Teens who saw a parent driving after
drinking were three times more likely to report driving after drinking
than teens whose parents modeled safe behavior. And we know from past research that teens were more likely to buckle up on every ride if their parents made buckling up a consistent habit from a young age.

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Checkpoint Locations for this July 4th in North County, including San Diego and Los Angeles, California

This 4th of July is a great time to celebrate 240 years since our nation’s independence day but it is also a time where cops are going to be out in full force policing roadways and looking for reasons to pull people over. Don’t be one of those getting a DUI this weekend. Check this site periodically throughout the holiday weekend to get updated locations for these checkpoints.

California
DUI Checkpoints
Recent Alerts

Recent California Checkpoints - DUI Location Alerts

 

Ventura

Oxnard W Gonzales Rd and N Ventura Rd Sat Jun 25, 2016
San Diego San Diego Grand Ave and Mission Bay Dr – Pacific Beach Sat Jun 25, 2016
Los Angeles Alhambra N Atlantic Blvd and N Garfield Ave Sat Jun 25, 2016
Los Angeles South Gate Firestone Blvd and Rayo Ave Sat Jun 25, 2016
Los Angeles Marina Del Rey Lincoln Blvd and Maxella Ave Sat Jun 25, 2016
Los Angeles Los Angeles Foothill Blvd and Hubbard St – Sylmar Sat Jun 25, 2016
San Bernardino Fontana Sierra Ave and Randall Ave Sat Jun 25, 2016
San Diego Escondido Valley Pkwy and N Juniper St Sat Jun 25, 2016
San Bernardino Rialto S Riverside Ave and E San Bernardino Ave Fri Jun 24, 2016
Los Angeles Santa Clarita Wiley Canyon Rd Via Princessa Fri Jun 24, 2016
Los Angeles Los Angeles W Olympic Blvd and S La Brea Ave Fri Jun 24, 2016
San Mateo San Mateo E 4th Ave and S Humboldt St Fri Jun 24, 2016
Orange Orange S Main St and W Chapman Ave Fri Jun 24, 2016
Los Angeles Gardena Redondob Beach Blvd and Western Ave Fri Jun 24, 2016
Los Angeles Whittier Whittier Blvd and Norwalk Blvd Fri Jun 24, 2016
Los Angeles Palmdale 20th St W and Rancho Vista Blvd Fri Jun 24, 2016

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2016 Memorial Day DUI Checkpoints in North County, including San Diego and Los Angeles, California

With a three day weekend comes some much needed time off of work and for many; travel plans. It is great to have the time to go and see friends and family and do all sorts of fun things on this holiday but this is also a time that the police are out in full force, setting up check points and task forces to catch drunk drivers in the act. The police are very secretive about where these locations will be but this is a very cool resource that allows you to see where the checkpoints have been in the past and if you subscribe to their service, where ones are in your location right now. Cops are looking for reasons to pull you over, so be careful on the road tonight and remember that the North County DUI Center is here for you.

Local DUI Checkpoints

Recent California Checkpoints - DUI Location Alerts

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County City Location Time
Los Angeles San Gabriel Las Tunas Dr and N Muscatel Ave Sat May 21, 2016
Riverside Murrieta Scott Rd Sat May 21, 2016
San Bernardino Fontana E Foothill Blvd and Cherry Ave Sat May 21, 2016
Solano Fairfield Undisclosed Location – City Limits Sat May 21, 2016
San Bernardino Chino Hills Grand Ave and Pipeline Ave Fri May 20, 2016
Orange La Habra La Habra Blvd and Cypress St Fri May 20, 2016
Orange Tustin Newport Ave and I-5 Fri May 20, 2016
Santa Barbara Lompoc Ca-1 and Chestnut Ave Fri May 20, 2016
Los Angeles Lancaster W Ave K and Gadsden Ave Fri May 20, 2016
Los Angeles Los Angeles Colorado Blvd and Eagle Rock Blvd Fri May 20, 2016
Los Angeles Los Angeles Florence Ave and S Main St 8pm To 2am – Fri May 20, 2016
Santa Barbara Goleta Undisclosed Location – City Limits 6pm To 3:30am – Fri May 20, 2016
Stanislaus Modesto Undisclosed Location – City Limits Fri May 20, 2016
San Bernardino Ontario E Mission Blvd and E Philadelphia St 6pm To 2am – Fri May 20, 2016
Sacramento Sacramento Meadowview Rd and Amherst St 7:30am – Fri May 20, 2016
Los Angeles Whittier Mulberry Dr and Santa Fe Springs Rd 7pm To 2:30am – Fri May 20, 2016
Santa Barbara Santa Maria Undisclosed Location 6pm To 3am – Fri May 20, 2016
Riverside Lake Elsinore Undisclosed Location 9pm To 3am – Fri May 20, 2016
Riverside Palm Desert Fred Waring Dr and Portola Ave Fri May 20, 2016
Los Angeles Malibu Pacific Coast Hwy and John Tyle Dr Fri May 20, 2016


An unfortunate side effect of legalizing marijuana

The legalization of marijuana is a hotly disputed topic. For the first time in decades, recreational marijuana is completely legal in a handful of states like Washington. Many other states are beginning to take similar measures in a path towards legalization but there is one unpleasant side effect that not many people think of. Whether recreational or medical, if you legalize marijuana, you need to establish proper protocols for how law enforcement will handle DUI laws as they pertain to marijuana consumption.

Motorists are being convicted of driving under the
influence of marijuana based on arbitrary state standards that have no
connection to whether the driver was actually impaired, says a study by
the nation’s largest auto club.

The problem is only growing as
more states contemplate legalizing the drug. At least three, and
possibly as many as 11 states, will vote this fall on ballot measures to
legalize marijuana for medicinal or recreational use, or both.
Legislation to legalize the drug has also been introduced in a half
dozen states.

Currently, six states where medical or recreational
marijuana use is legal – Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania
and Washington – have set specific limits for THC, the chemical in
marijuana that makes people high, in drivers’ blood. But the study by
AAA’s safety foundation says the limits have no scientific basis and can
result in innocent drivers being convicted, and guilty drivers being
released.

“There is understandably a strong desire by both
lawmakers and the public to create legal limits for marijuana impairment
in the same manner we do alcohol,” said Marshall Doney, AAA’s president
and CEO. “In the case of marijuana, this approach is flawed and not
supported by scientific research.”

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Crime rate on the rise but what does that mean?

There are quite a lot of drawbacks to the constant flow of news that this generation is exposed to. It is great that we get to hear about the latest event while it is happening but that gives us very little time for fact checking and for information to really be understood. People regurgitate information based on just headlines. So, if you’re wondering what the state of San Diego crime really is, take a look at this.

The overall crime rate in San Diego County increased in 2015 by six percent although the region’s violent crime rate was the second lowest since 1980. NBC 7’s Vanessa Herrera reports.
(Published Thursday, April 14, 2016)

The overall crime rate in San Diego County increased in 2015 by six percent although the region’s violent crime rate was the second lowest since 1980. 

A new report released Wednesday by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) focused on crime trends. 

The report, Thirty-Six Years of Crime in the San Diego Region: 1980 Through 2015, includes a breakdown of crime statistics by community. 

More than 74,000 violent and property crimes were reported in 2015. That averages out to just more than 200 crimes per day. 

Of those, 85 percent were property crimes. 

Images showing the crime rates for San Diego County as released by SANDAG’s annual report.

Photo credit: SANDAG

San Diego County’s violent crime rate was the second lowest it’s been since 1980. 

There were 10,938 violent crimes in 2015 including reports of homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. 

“Despite this year’s uptick, the crime rate was still the second lowest since 1980,” Dr. Cynthia Burke, director of SANDAG’s Criminal Justice Research Division said in the agency’s news release. “And the region still has one of lowest crime rates in the nation.”

Read the report here.

SANDAG works to develop transportation, housing, open space, energy, public safety, and binational projects.

Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Crime-Rate-San-Diego-By-Community-375713971.html

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