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Update: CHP Officers Arrest 47 Drivers in SD County as New Year’s Approaches

For the California Highway Patrol, the holiday DUI-enforcement period has begun.

Updated at 12:05 p.m. Sunday

One person was killed on San Diego County roadways during the first 36 hours of the New Year’s holiday period, according to the Highway Patrol.

From 6 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Sunday, the CHP reported one fatal crash in the county. A 25-year-old Clairemont man was killed in Santee on state Route 52 after a 23-year-old woman driving in the wrong direction hit his VW Beetle head-on. April Thompson of National City was arrested and faces a charge of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

CHP officers arrested 47 drivers in the county for suspicion of DUI in the same time frame, compared with 48 in 2011. Last year there was one person killed on county roadways during the first 36 hours of the holiday period. The number of DUI arrests reflects only those made by the CHP and does not include arrests made by other law enforcement agencies.

Statewide there were nine traffic fatalities from Friday night to Sunday morning, compared with 12 during the same time in 2011. CHP officers arrested 723 drivers for suspicion of DUI, compared with 932 last year.

In Orange County, one fatality was reported and 38 DUI arrests were made in the first 36 hours of the holiday period.

Jol Cass December 29, 2012 at 11:58 PM
I hope this woman gets life for driving drunk.. she knows better!!
Timber December 30, 2012 at 05:54 AM
It's manslaughter not murder because of negligence not premeditation. Life not a chance.
Things I Learned December 30, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Too bad all the cops were busy harassing innocent people at the DUI checkpoints or one of them might have seen her driving on the wrong side of the freeway before she killed somebody.
Komfort December 30, 2012 at 03:46 PM
If only checkpoints were 24/7 instead of this 12 hour "overtime" dog and and pony show. Maybe they pick such a narrow window so people like Jesus Rodriguez don't ruin their stats. http://fox5sandiego.com/2012/12/28/otay-mesa-man-dies-in-high-speed-crash/ Missed it by that much...
Jolinda December 30, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I visited Indonesia last year and came home ever so grateful that we HAVE police at all. The system is imperfect and the job doesn't necessarily all the brightest and the best, for all the right reasons, but travel to a third world country snd see how awesome our system looks!
Robert Paulson December 31, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Right! Those darn cops are NEVER in the right place at the right time. If only...
Ed Sorrels December 31, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Jolinda ! So very true, But so few of us have traveled let alone driven in a "3rd. world country" Your comment triggered an old memory, In 1956 I drove a 12 axel setup carring a bulldozer from the port district of Manila completely thru the city and to a radio station up in the hill's behind Queson City, Other than combat the worst 5 1/2 hour's of my life ! They had to hire a civilian drivere to return it when we were thru with it as I declined, Declined and finally just plain damn refused ! But you are right about driving in some places
Komfort December 31, 2012 at 03:45 PM
"CHP officers arrested 47 drivers in the county for suspicion of DUI in the same time frame, compared with 48 in 2011" It's working!!! By 2059 we should be safe! Good job heroes.
Things I Learned December 31, 2012 at 04:21 PM
http://lamesa.patch.com/articles/weber-england-face-off-over-lemon-grove-sales-tax-debate-of-2010#comment_5121175
Fran December 31, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Really? Driving is a privilege not a right. In addition to the stationary checkpoints there were also several cities utilizing saturation patrols. Not only are they legal but they don't even begin to fall under the category of harrassment.
Fran December 31, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Hey sparky. It's vehicular manslaughter. And drinking and driving is absolutely premediation. Unfortunately the courts don't recognize it as such. But when you drink and you get behind the wheel of the car and drive - you have intent. And frankly if you drive yourself to a bar with the intent of consuming alcohol and then become impaired/intoxicated, wouldn't that constitute premediation? I mean what's the difference between that and say sitting outside a store knowing you're going to go inside rob it and leave?
Komfort December 31, 2012 at 06:33 PM
"The video shows Russo pulling up the checkpoint, stepping out of his car and coming across a police officer who had Russo walk back to his car and turn on his hazards, but didn’t take too much issue with him recording the checkpoint after that. But then Russo came across a second cop who took great issue with Russo recording the checkpoint, ordering him to move away from the area. When Russo asserted his rights, he was arrested. Russo, who runs the weekly Maui Time was charged with “obstructing a government operation,” but the video doesn’t show much obstructing. Police were conducting checkpoints to look for over-sized tires and illegal tints, which ended up backing traffic up for miles, prompting Russo to investigate with his camera." http://www.photographyisnotacrime.com/2012/11/22/maui-police-arrest-newspaper-editor-for-video-recording-traffic-checkpoint/ Constitutional rights got nothing on driving privileges when it comes to "government operations"...
Things I Learned December 31, 2012 at 06:54 PM
http://www.amazon.com/PLAYMOBIL®-36138-Playmobil-Security-Check/dp/B0002CYTL2/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1356979866&sr=1-1&keywords=Playmobil+Security+Check+Point
Timber December 31, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Hey vapid, manslaughter non-the-less. You contradict yourself without my help. The courts have set precedent on this issue whether or not you agree. Reality check. Answer to your question is NO. The difference is intent, in terms of willfulness, murderers must have the specific intent to end a human life. Time enough to form the conscious intent to kill and then act on it after enough time for a reasonable person to second guess the decision typically suffices. While this can happen very quickly, deliberation and premeditation must occur before, and not at the same time as, the act of killing. Plus, robbing a store IS robbery not murder or manslaughter. If you need any more help just ask.
Komfort December 31, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Flying in toy airplanes is a privilege.
Timber December 31, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Fran, Whether driving is a privilege or a right there are still constitutional standards that apply when the police are engaging the individual. With your premise of driving being a 'privilege' it could therefore mean that you no longer have the right to counsel, a fair trial, self-incrimination protection, due process, maybe even the freedom of speech and for good measure we could just abandon your right to life and shoot the motorist on the spot. This way we could abandon the court system and save even more money by allowing the officer on the spot to make the final determination............ Saturation patrols tend to follow the reasonable suspicion standard and I find that to be an acceptable technique that doesn't require interfering with the innocent traveler.

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