DUI-Driver License Checkpoint

DUI-Driver License Checkpoint

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Traffic Services Detail will be conducting a DUI-Driver License Checkpoint on January 30, 2016, at an undisclosed location within the City of West Hollywood, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Traffic Services Detail will be conducting a DUI-Driver License Checkpoint on January 30, 2016, at an undisclosed location within the City of West Hollywood, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely. DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

In California, this deadly crime led to 867 deaths and over 23,000 serious injuries in 2013 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows over 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver. Over the course of the past three years in the contract cities policed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, DUI collisions have claimed 33 lives and resulted in 898 injury crashes causing 1330 injuries. 

Deputies will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. 

Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. 

Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to “Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role.  They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen. 

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Nearly 90 percent of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints.

Funding for these operations is provided to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety http://www.ots.ca.gov/ through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration http://www.nhtsa.gov/, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.

AS A DRIVER, PLAN AHEAD WITH THESE TIPS:

Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins

Identify anddui7 provide free non-alcoholic drinks or other promotional items to the Designated Driver

Party hosts and servers must limit drinks to your guests or patrons. Don’t serve more than one or two over several hours.

Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the party – and provide plenty of food.

MEDIA NOTES: To schedule an interview regarding the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Safety Operations, please contact Sergeant Daniel A. Dail at 323-890-5400 or via email atDADail@lasd.org,

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Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department 

Hall of Justice – First floor  

211 W. Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

213-229-1700

Website LASD HQ: http://www.lasd.org

DUI-Driver License Checkpoint

California Company Nabbed for Workers’ Comp Fraud

Point of View from a Workers’ Comp Attorney

Work Injuries happen all the time. Most of the time employers are very accommodating and helpful. Other times like this article describes a smaller company trying to cut corners to save money, can cost the injured employee. Now just because your boss did or did not have the appropriate insurance does not affect your need for assistance.

Now the employer below I’m sure had no malicious intent, it was probably more of a calculated risk. After an injury at work, it quickly becomes a little overwhelming for some people trying to figure out where their employer stands. Getting a Workers’ Comp Attorney is more of a comfort to make sure you can focus on your recovery and get back to work. Letting the attorney’s office handle all of the headaches, and multiple phone calls to employers, doctors, therapists, and insurance companies.

California Construction Company Owner Nabbed for Workers’ Comp Fraud

The owner of a Northern California construction firm was arrested Thursday on nine felony counts of workers’ compensation insurance fraud and tax evasion totaling $187,707 in losses.

William Huffman, 47, of Sacramento, owner of Capitol City Contractors, allegedly underreported $755,899 in payroll to avoid paying workers’ comp premiums for dozens of employees.

An insurer notified the California Department of Insurance of suspected fraud. A forensic audit of the company’s bank records revealed the alleged fraud. Detectives reportedly discovered evidence that Huffman was paying employees under the table and classifying some payroll checks as expenses for supplies and materials.

William Huffman

William Huffman

“Employers who commit workers’ compensation insurance fraud cheat the system leaving their employees at risk and their clients vulnerable to financial disaster,” California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said in a statement.

Huffman was booked into Sacramento County Jail, and bail was set at $100,000. The Sacramento County District Attorney’s office is prosecuting this case.

 

Workers’ Comp

California bucks trend as workers comp claims increase

California Workers Comp Claims

California workers compensation claim frequency increased 3% from 2010 to 2014 despite an 11% fall in claim frequency in most other states during that time, according to the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau.

In a report released Thursday, Oakland, California-based WCIRB compared its comp claim frequency data with claim frequency in 35 states and the District of Columbia, where the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. acts as the workers comp ratemaker.

WCIRB said in the report that California workers have shifted toward more hazardous industries, such as construction and manufacturing, as those sectors have increased hiring in recent years.

The bureau also found that 50% of California injured workers had less than two years of job experience in 2015, compared with 41% in 2010.

“Newer, more inexperienced workers are generally more likely to be injured on the job and file a workers’ compensation claim,” the report reads.

An increase in cumulative injury workers comp claims also contributed to an uptick in California comp claim frequency, WCIRB found. Cumulative injury claims comprised nearly 18% of California indemnity claims in 2014, up from 11.8% in 2010.

“Most cumulative injury claims involve attorney representation or multiple body parts, and these proportions have increased over the last several years,” the report reads.