Another summer comes to a close in the East Bay. For many, Labor Day represents the end of the summer break, when kids go back to school, college is back in session, and the weather starts to turn cooler and cloudier. It also marks the end of the so-called 100 deadly days of summer, with increased fatal vehicle accidents.
Even though there are still COVID restrictions in place, Contra Costa County and Alameda County have higher than average vaccination rates, at about 70% of the population. This has made many people feel more comfortable with small gatherings among friends with a Labor Day barbecue or outdoor drinks.
Summertime and Higher DUI Arrests
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer mark the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day, when there is increased awareness of impaired driving and alcohol-related car accidents. The summer is associated with longer days, outdoor weather, and summer vacation trips. Young drivers spend more time on the road, including driving home after having drinks with friends.
Law enforcement is also aware of the increased drinking and driving around three-day weekend events like Labor Day. East Bay police and sheriff's departments and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) increase DUI enforcement over Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Independence Day. These are known as maximum enforcement periods (MEPs), with increased patrols, sobriety checkpoints, and public information campaigns to warn drivers of the risks of impaired driving.
California DUIs Over Labor Day
According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the holiday weekend ended with 978 DUI arrests statewide. The 78-hour Labor Day MEP lasted from Friday to Monday, with many of the arrests occurring between the early evening to the early hours of the morning. The CHP also reported 43 people died in vehicle crashes over the weekend.
Contra Costa Sobriety Checkpoint
Law enforcement officers held a sobriety checkpoint in San Pablo on Saturday, September 4th, 2021. The DUI checkpoint was set up to look for impaired drivers and other vehicle violations, including drivers without insurance, unregistered vehicles, and seatbelt violations. The San Pablo checkpoint was put up in the area of El Portal Drive and Mission Bell Drive, near Contra Costa College.
Were You Arrested for a DUI in the East Bay?
If you were arrested for a DUI in the Alameda County, it is important to get immediate advice to help you keep your license and avoid the most severe consequences of a drunk driving conviction. Drivers only have a matter of days to request a DMV hearing to keep their license. Contact your local DUI lawyer for help to request a hearing and for representation at the DMV hearing to keep your license.
After the administrative per se (APS) hearing with the DMV, your attorney can build a criminal defense to defend your rights and reduce the penalties associated with a drunk driving criminal record. With more than 38 years of experience, Lynn Gorelick understands the law and science around DUI arrests and will use her experience to fight for you.