What should I expect at a DUI checkpoint?

Driving on the roads of California can be very dangerous for even the most experienced drivers. A common problem across the country, even as law enforcement officials crack down, is driving under the influence. If you ever come across a DUI checkpoint in Encino you need to know what to expect so you can handle yourself appropriately.

For starters, you should always comply with police commands when in a DUI checkpoint. Listen to their instructions and do not talk back to them. If they ask for your license, insurance and registration make sure you provide the officer with every single document.

While speaking with you, the officer will be monitoring you for signs of inebriation. These include slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, flush skin, the smell of alcohol on the breath and more. If you are suspected of driving under the influence, the officer will ask you to exit the vehicle.

You will likely be subjected to a myriad of roadside examinations to determine if you are under the influence. Follow all instructions and do not refuse these tests as it will land you in the back of the officer’s car immediately.

Make sure you are respectful at all times and don’t give the officer any other reason to arrest you. If arrested, you will be transported and administered a blood test once you are at the police station.

DUI checkpoints occur more than 2,500 times per year in the state of California. They are backed up by the state’s Constitution and the Constitution of the United States when it comes to the legality of them.

How to apply for license reinstatement in California

Having your driver’s license suspended in Encino takes away a lot of your freedom. It can also negatively impact your education and your career. You will need to find alternative ways to get to school or work until you can have your license reinstated. You can apply to have your license reinstated in the state of California and we will discuss that in today’s post.

To reinstate your license after a negligent operator charge, you must do the following:

  • Pay the reissue fee to the DMV
  • Pay court fees
  • Provide proof of auto insurance
  • Complete a probationary period where you have zero tickets or accidents

To reinstate your license after a DUI charge, you must do the following:

  • Serve applicable jail time
  • Serve suspension period
  • Pay the reissue fee and court fees
  • Complete a program for DUI offenders
  • Submit proof of auto insurance along with a $35,000 cash deposit

To reinstate a driver’s license after an accident without auto insurance, you must do the following:

  • Completing a mandatory suspension of one year
  • Pay the reissue fee to the DMV
  • Submit proof of auto insurance to the DMV

To reinstate a license after suffering from a mental or physical disorder, you must do the following:

  • Complete a Driver Medical Evaluation form
  • Provide the DMV with any other medical documents that show your condition is no longer present

To have your driver’s license reinstated in California, you simply need to follow the tips outlined in this post. Be sure you never drive when your license is suspended because it can lead to more fines and penalties.

Source: DMV.org, “Suspended License,” accessed June 14, 2018

Digital license plates have come to California

The talk across the country of late has been about digital license plates on all types of motor vehicles. Well, they have finally come to the state of California. So far, there are at least 100 digital license plates in use across the state. These new plates are considered to be “connected” and the message displayed on them can be changed by the driver of the vehicle or a fleet manager in Encino.

The plates will only be available through dealerships, not the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). They cost almost $700 apiece, so it’s not surprising that they haven’t become part of the mainstream yet in the state. If you do choose to buy one of these plates, you can register it online and have the plate information updated instantly. There is also a $7 monthly fee.

The digital license plate will be able to display more than just your license plate number. It can also display cause messages, such as “Support the Red Cross,” and even display Amber alerts. Want to make a little bit of money to offset the cost of buying such a plate? You can do so by running targeted ads on the license plate of your vehicle.

The location of the car is tracked by the plate, which is good for companies using them on their fleets. This means that the plate will report when and where a vehicle was speeding. The plates are only available for the rear of your vehicle. You still need to have a state-issued metal license plate on the front of your vehicle.

Digital license plates are likely the future of identifying vehicles by the general public and even law enforcement. Find out if you can put a digital license plate on your vehicle in California before making the purchase.

Source: SF Weekly, “California Now Has Digital License Plates,” May 30, 2018

Can I drive home with a partially finished bottle of wine?

Many Californians like to enjoy a glass of wine with dinner. If you and the rest of your party do not finish the entire bottle throughout the evening, someone will probably want to bring the remaining portion home.

You know that many states have open container laws that make it illegal for people to drive with open alcoholic beverages. Can you legally drive home with the wine from the restaurant?

 

California’s open container laws

Like many other states, California enforces open container laws in an effort to prevent drivers from consuming alcohol behind the wheel. According to state law, you cannot have an open container of alcohol in an area where the driver or passengers typically sit. This applies to containers that were previously opened and then re-sealed. Once the initial seal is broken, the container may not be in the car with the driver or other passengers.

Potential penalties

If you are found in possession of an open container of alcohol, it is considered an infraction and you may be fined up to $250.

If the individual is under the age of 21, the potential penalties greatly increase. Minors can face a fine up to $1,000, up to six months in jail and misdemeanor charges.

How can you avoid an issue?

Despite the open container law, you can take an open container of alcohol home. It all depends on where you store it.

Alcohol may not be around the driver or passengers, but it can be safely stored in your car’s trunk for transport. You may not store the container in the vehicle’s glove box.