Friday, 31 December 2010

San Diego Sheriff's Department Will Continue DUI Crackdown Efforts through New Year's

The San Diego Sheriff's Department has concluded its Christmas enforcement crackdown. The Department conducted sobriety checkpoints and sting operations targeting DUI offenders. The Sheriff‘s Department will conduct another initiative over the New Year's weekend.

Over the Christmas weekend, approximately 658 people were arrested for DUI across California. This enforcement went on for a little longer than usual, because Christmas Eve was on Friday. The holiday crackdown began on Thursday at 6 PM, and ended on midnight on Sunday. According to the San Diego Sheriff's Department, the number of alcohol-related accident fatalities over the Christmas holiday weekend this year was down from last year.

The San Diego Sheriff's Department, the California Highway Patrol and San Diego criminal Defense attorneys would advise motorists to avoid driving under the influence over the New Year's holiday. It's important to make plans to travel safely over the weekend. It's not just California Highway Patrol and San Diego Sheriff’s Department officers, who you can expect on the roads this New Year's weekend. Local police departments are also participating in the statewide efforts against DUI. You can expect a number of sobriety checkpoints around San Diego County, as well as large numbers of officers patrolling the roads. Most departments have all their police officers on duty for the New Year’s crackdown on drunk driving, and some have hired extra officers for the holiday.

San Diego criminal defense attorneys would advise motorists to take a designated driver service that is being offered for free by the Automobile Club of Southern California. This year too, the Auto Club is offering its Tipsy Tow service between 6 PM on New Year's Eve and 6 AM the following morning. Drivers can get themselves and their vehicles a free ride home.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Christmas Maximum Enforcement DUI Patrol

San Diego drivers will come across more numbers of California Highway Patrol officers over the Christmas weekend as part of a major anti-DUI offensive. The campaign is called a Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period and will last between 6 PM on Friday to midnight on Sunday. Just about every officer of the California Highway Patrol will be on duty during this period of time. That makes it a total of 7,000 CHP officers in California who will be patrolling California roads and highways, looking out for motorists they suspect of drunk driving.

Another Maximum Enforcement Period is scheduled for the New Year's holiday. That campaign will start at 6 PM on December 31, and last through midnight on January 2. Both of these Maximum Enforcement Periods are in addition to the Avoid the DUI Task Force Crackdown which runs for 17 days. That particular campaign will have California Highway Patrol and local law-enforcement agencies participating in more than 237 checkpoints across the state.

Simply put, it would not take much for a California Highway Patrol officer to pull you over for suspected DUI over this Christmas weekend. A lot of money is being funneled into these crackdowns, and California Highway Patrol Officers, as well as local enforcement agencies who are participating in these campaigns, are likely to be under pressure to arrest the maximum number of people.

No San Diego DUI defense lawyer would deny that the time between Christmas and New Year's sees more numbers of drunk drivers. However, very often, these holiday crackdowns are used to make a statement about the efficiency of a police department or other law enforcement agency.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

More Information about Los Angeles Red Light Cameras at Dangerous Intersections

The LA Times reported a follow up to story about the concerns of red-light cameras us in Los Angeles. Questions arose last September about the the costs involved, and the true impact on safety on the many accidents at Los Angeles intersections. The cameras have been installed at 32 intersection since 2006. When violations occur a photograph is taken showing the vehicle license plate number and in many cases the driver can be clearly seen behind the wheel.

During a meeting with civilian member board Tuesday, Los Angeles Police Department Assistant Chief Michel Moore listed a few notes about the effectiveness of the red-light cameras

  • 63% reduction in red-light-related traffic
  • Zero fatal accidents related to red lights (compared to five in the three years previous to the cameras)
  • A rise in red light violations given- 14,000 to 59,000
Regarding the cost of the program, one notable issue was the actions taken against people who ignored the violations and the amount of money at stake - 7-11 million dollars. Apparently, when fines are not paid to the city, the matter goes to a collection agency - not to the DMV as most other moving violations would. Thus, the incentive to pay the ticket is not the same, as it doesn't affect your driving record, or lead to a vehicle lien.  Does knowledge of this impact the effectiveness of the camera's purpose?

Monday, 13 December 2010

Botox Could Cause Muscular Weakness in Cerebral Palsy Patients

For years now, doctors have been using Botox to help patients with cerebral palsy regain control of some of their muscles. Now, a new study finds that use of Botox could lead to muscular weakness away from the injection site.

The research was conducted by scientists at the University of Calgary. The study will soon be published in the Journal of Biomechanics. The researchers injected rabbits with the botulinum toxin, and found that the rabbits experienced muscular loss and atrophy six months after the injection. Even worse, this muscular weakness wasn't confined to the injection site. According to the researchers, the effects of the Botox spread far away from the injection site. The toxin affected muscles that were located far away from the injection site.

Earlier research had shown that the Botox injection also affects muscles surrounding the injection site. However, this new study finds that even muscles located elsewhere in the body may suffer from weakness and loss of muscle mass as a result of the injection.

Botox helps to block the nerve signals that tell specific muscles to remain clenched. It therefore helps patients with cerebral palsy to regain some control over their muscles. In fact, Botox has given patients with cerebral palsy not just a quick fix to their problems with muscle control, but has also allowed these patients increased mobility through physiotherapy exercises focusing on the spastic muscles.

No one is calling for this new research to be taken as a sign that Botox should not be used on patients with cerebral palsy. Currently, the benefits of using Botox seem to outweigh any adverse effects from it. However, Arizona medical malpractice lawyers believe that more research is needed into the long-term consequences of using Botox to treat muscular weakness in cerebral palsy patients.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Study Finds Children's Medicine Dosages Can Be Irregular, Confusing

This week, the Journal of the American Medical Association released a study which shows that dosages for children's medications involved inconsistencies and irregularities that could increase the risk of an over dosage or other injuries.

The study examined several popular brands of cold, cough, energy, allergy medicines, painkillers and antipyretic medicines for children below the age of 12. They examined a total of 200 products. They found that approximately 25% of these products failed to include a measuring device, like a dropper. The remaining products that came with measuring devices contained at least one inconsistency between the dosage instructions printed on the labels and the measuring device. In one particular case, a product had a label that calls for a teaspoon dosage, while the measuring cup included with the product was marked in milliliters.

Pediatricians prescribe medications based on a child's weight. However, when parents at home try to use a teaspoon to measure the right amount of dosage, it can lead to dramatic fluctuations in dosage. This can actually be dangerous. In the absence of accurate measuring devices and consistency, parents will try to figure out the dosage themselves with serious consequences.

The best thing you can do as a parent to prevent the risk of an overdose, is to ask your doctor for clear instructions about the dosage. Don't be embarrassed about asking questions. Ask your pharmacist to give you clear instructions too. Compare your doctor’s and pharmacist’s instructions - they should be identical. California pharmaceutical negligence lawyers know that doctors advise using a syringe to deliver medications - these have clear markings, and are more precise. Avoid using household teaspoons and tablespoons to deliver medication - these make it hard to deliver the right dosage.