San Diego DUI Lawyers at Sevens Legal Urge Drivers in San Diego County to Stay Safe During St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

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The San Diego County Avoid Task Force is expected to increase the number of DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols during 2013 St. Patrick's Day weekend

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Be sure to have a designated driver or take a taxi cab if you have been drinking. It’s not worth the risk.

The San Diego DUI attorneys at the law firm of Sevens Legal wish to draw attention to the increased number of drunk driving checkpoints in San Diego County during St. Patrick’s Day Weekend. In 2012, police beefed up efforts to crack down on intoxicated driving by adding checkpoints and saturation patrols throughout the county, especially at locations close to bars and special events. Similar police efforts are expected for the 2013 celebration.

At each checkpoint, every driver is required to stop for San Diego County police officer. Drivers suspected of DUI are pulled over for further inspection.

“Drivers should never operate a vehicle when drinking, of course, but this is especially true St. Patrick’s Day weekend,” said San Diego DUI attorney Shannon Smith. “Be sure to have a designated driver or take a taxi cab if you have been drinking. It’s not worth the risk.”

Last year, according to police reports, San Diego police officers arrested three suspected drunken drivers at a checkpoint stationed on First Avenue near Beech Street in San Diego, a mile from the Gaslamp District where the 17th annual "sham-Rock" block party was held.

Saturation patrols in Pacific Beach led to six arrests in Pacific Beach, according to Officer Mark McCullough. One suspect was arrested for felony DUI after he struck a guardrail, causing a passenger’s ankle to be fractured.

According to, The San Diego County Avoid Task Force operated a checkpoint off Olivenhain and Rancho Santa Fe roads in Encinitas on March 16, 2012 and increased patrol in the area, resulting in 11 DUI arrests.

“If you happen to be stopped at a checkpoint, be polite to the officers and do not say anything to incriminate yourself,” added San Diego DUI lawyer Smith. “In the event of an arrest, contact an attorney immediately.”

About Sevens Legal

Clients charged with DUI can reach out to Sevens Legal for help getting the best possible outcome given the circumstances of the arrest, the client’s blood alcohol content (BAC) and many other factors. The firm strives to minimize the negative impact of the arrest, whether that means getting the charges dismissed, reduced or convincing the judge to accept other forms of punishment in lieu of jail time or fines.

Sevens Legal can assist clients with a variety of DUI-related legal matters, including:

  •     San Diego DUI
  •     Minors under the age of 21 charged with DUI
  •     License restrictions, revocation and suspensions
  •     Multiple DUI offenses
  •     Accidents caused by drunk driving

For more information, contact the firm online or call 866-604-7839.

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