- Posted August 27, 2013 by
The Dilemma of DUIs- Bigger Than You May Think
The problem is so huge, the Gold City Gazette ran a series of articles addressing the issue of driving under the influence (DUI). This piece discusses the extent of the problem in order to make citizens more aware of the matter. The second article includes experiences involving specific DUI cases. The final part of the series provides information on measures being taken to minimize the problem and ways individuals can assist in reducing the number of incidents in Oroville.
During an interview, Sergeant John Bruschi of the Oroville Police Department reported that between January and April 2013 there were 49 misdemeanor arrests for driving under the influence. Most of those involved alcohol, but ten cases involved individuals driving after having taken drugs. Many people are under the impression that these situations only involve recreational drugs. However, those who are impaired by prescription drugs while driving can also be cited and/or arrested.
During these four months there were six DUI felony injury arrests made in Oroville. According to the Phillips Law Offices, felony charges can be brought for several reasons. To learn more about factors that constitute felony charges, go to http://buttecountyduiattorney.com/FelonyDUI. Bruschi also stated that one person was arrested for a DUI with a hit and run injury.
On Tuesday, May 28, 2013, alone there were more than 50 DUI cases heard in the Butte County Court system. Over 20 of these cases involved individuals who had prior DUI offenses. Five of these repeat offenders had been driving under the influence with a suspended driver’s license.
At least every other day, a driver is pulled over by an officer and found to be under the influence while driving. Parole and probation sweeps are performed regularly to assure that restrictions imposed on offenders are being followed. Frequently, those who have been ordered to refrain from drugs and/or alcohol are found to be under the influence. Whether the individual is driving at the time or not, he or she is still out of compliance and sanctions can be imposed.
The pictures seen here depict just some of the DUI incidents that happened over the past year in Oroville.
Part two of this series will be published tomorrow.