El Cajon Car Accidents Thwarted by Red-Light Cameras and DUI Checkpoints
El Cajon car accident lawyers have advised motorists that the city’s population, now close to 100,000, combined with long, straight roads, make car collisions nearly unavoidable. Often called the Big Box, El Cajon is a city in San Diego County, California that has been highly proactive in a reduce car accidents.
A rearward look from 2001 to 2003 showed that the city had 32 fatal car collisions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This averages out to 3.4 fatal car collisions per 10,000 people, which falls below the national average.
El Cajon car collision lawyers often cite a more current car accident profile, revealed in California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In 2006, three people lost their lives and 583 suffered injuries in car crashes. A total of 45 pedestrians and 34 bicyclists were injured in car collisions. Motorcycle accidents resulted in one fatality and 29 injuries. What’s more, car accidents caused by drunk drivers resulted in one death and 68 injuries. In 2007, seven car accidents resulted in seven fatalities.
A city steadfastly determined to reduce accidents, the city adopted the use of photo enforcement systems. The city set up red-light cameras at its most problematic intersections. These included Broadway and Mollison, Fletcher Parkway and Magnolia, Fletcher Parkway and Marshall Avenue, Fletcher Parkway and Navajo Road, Madison and Magnolia, Main Street and Mollison Avenue, Washington Avenue and Mollison Avenue and Washington Avenue and El Cajon Blvd.
El Cajon car crash lawyers note that the cities red-light cameras provide two types of evidence. First, a series of still shots that show the vehicle’s license plates and its occupants; second, a 12-second video showing the vehicle about 6 seconds before and 6 seconds after running the red light.
Augmenting the city’s red-light photo enforcement program are El Cajon’s DUI checkpoint efforts. The El Cajon Police Department conducted a Sobriety Checkpoint on May 5, 2009 from approximately 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. the following morning. In a typical DUI checkpoint, drivers are directed to a specified area where they are asked for a driver’s license, and if they have been drinking that evening. Drivers are often handed information sheets or ribbons to reinforce the negative consequences of drunk driving. Drivers suspected of being impaired are directed to a secondary area where they are tested. If arrested, their license is taken from them and the car impounded. The license, being property of Department of Motor Vehicles, is returned to DMV along with an attached notice. A temporary ‘Admin Per Se’ driving form is issued to the driver, which allows driving and appeal rights for 30 days. Thereafter, the license is automatically suspended per DMV. Any El Cajon car crash lawyer will advise you that the best way to avoid a DUI is to not drink and drive.
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