Find A Designated Driver Superbowl Weekend

Find A Designated Driver Superbowl Weekend: Laguna Beach

LAGUNA BEACH, CA —If you live in Laguna Beach and plan to go out and about over the weekend for Super Bowl LIII parties, consider yourselves warned. On Sunday, the California Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies plan to be out in force to look for impaired drivers.

CHP officers, along with personnel from other law enforcement agencies throughout Orange and Los Angeles County, will be conducting saturation patrols and staffing sobriety checkpoints to nab suspected drunk or drug-impaired motorists.

“Impaired driving is not only irresponsible, but it can also destroy lives,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said. “Choosing to get behind the wheel while under the influence can result in arrest, injury or death. If you drink or use other impairing substances, do not drive.”

According to Stanley, CHP officers arrested 352 people statewide on suspicion of DUI during last year’s Super Bowl Sunday crackdown.

Seven people died and 134 others were injured in alcohol-fueled collisions investigated by the CHP, figures showed.

“Have a plan in place before the game,” Stanley said. “If you will be consuming alcoholic beverages or using other substances that may affect your ability to safely operate a vehicle, make the smart choice to use public transportation, a designated driver, or a ride-share service to get home.”

Anti-DUI operations are generally scheduled between 1 p.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday, covering the hours before, during and well after the conclusion of Super Bowl LIII, which is scheduled to begin about 3:30 p.m.

Officials offered the following tips to people planning to host Super Bowl parties:

  • ensure guests have a designated driver or can arrange for ride-sharing;
  • serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages at the party;
  • stop serving alcohol before the end of the game’s third quarter
  • take the keys away from guests showing signs of impairment, then call them a cab or arrange for alternate transportation.

Plus, if you watch the game in Los Angeles County, Ride Share services, such as Uber, planned a campaign offering an “Unhappy Hour” for fans in the city of losing teams.

Under state law, anyone with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or higher is considered impaired.Penalties for anyone convicted of a DUI offense can include suspension or revocation of driving privileges, steep fines, jail time and prison if there are injuries involved.”Millions of people will be watching the Super Bowl at parties and bars across the country,” Long Beach Police Lt. Kris Klein said. “Don’t put others at risk because you chose to break the law and drive impaired.”

Klein reminded motorists that driving under the influence “doesn’t just mean booze.

“Prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, and marijuana can also be impairing and result in a DUI, especially when used in combination with alcohol or other drugs,” Klein said.;_ylt=AwrXnCXC9VZcLykAKV_QtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTEyMHQxc3UyBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwM0BHZ0aWQDQjY5NDZfMQRzZWMDc3I-

Driver high on pot who caused head-on fatal crash convicted of manslaughter

A woman who was under the influence of marijuana when she caused a head-on collision near Scripps Ranch that killed a passenger in the other car was convicted Monday of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI causing injury.

The San Diego jury, however, deadlocked 10-2 on a second-degree murder charge against 36-year-old Hyun Jeong Choi.

The prosecution will return to court Friday to inform Superior Court Judge Joan Weber if it plans to retry Choi for murder in the March 27, 2016, crash that killed 43-year-old Amanda Walzer.

The crash left Walzer’s fiancé, 49-year-old Jon Warshawsky, with a traumatic brain injury.

Choi’s first trial ended in a mistrial last June when an officer testified about something that wasn’t in any report.

Deputy District Attorney Andrew Aguilar said Choi pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol in 2013 and was given several warnings about the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Aguilar said that just before the fatal collision, Choi had smoked marijuana she purchased at a nearby dispensary. An open bag of marijuana and a freshly used marijuana pipe were found in the defendant’s vehicle after the crash, the prosecutor said.

After she was released from a hospital, Choi admitted she “tried to fight it” and “tried to get home” after smoking the marijuana she had just bought.

Defense attorney Stephen Cline told the jury that Choi made a “naive and negligent mistake” by purchasing what she thought was the same kind of medical marijuana she had used previously to calm her social anxiety.

When Choi returned from traveling overseas, her usual dispensary was gone and she purchased what she thought was the same type of marijuana that had helped her before from a dispensary in the Miramar area, Cline said.

The attorney said there were no warnings about the strength and potency of the marijuana, which had an immediate impact on Choi.

“She had no idea what she left that store with,” her attorney said. “She was impaired. Catastrophically impaired.”

Witness Regis Kodzi testified that he and his wife were traveling on Pomerado Road behind Warshawsky’s 1956 Porsche when Choi’s Toyota Corolla crossed a center divider and hit the vintage sports car head-on about 5:30 p.m.

Baby home alone while dad nets 7th OWI in Kansasville

KANSASVILLE — A Kansasville man was arrested Sunday after he was allegedly caught driving drunk for the seventh time and it was discovered he had left his baby child home alone.

At 7:04 p.m. Sunday, a Racine County Sheriff’s Office deputy on patrol in the Kansasville area of the Town of Dover saw a Ford Taurus driving well over the posted 25 mph speed limit through a residential area, according to a Racine County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The deputy stopped the vehicle, which sheriff’s officials said was being driven by 41-year-old Nathan T. Hansen of the 24000 block of Adams Street in the Eagle Lake Manor neighborhood. The deputy reportedly smelled the odor of intoxicants on Hansen and suspected him to be under the influence of alcohol.

Hansen refused to submit to field sobriety testing and was arrested. If convicted, this will be Hansen’s seventh offense. During the investigation, it was learned that Hansen reportedly left his 1-year-old child at home alone while he went to a nearby gas station to buy tobacco. Deputies responded to the residence, where they found the child watching TV in a crib.

Racine County Child Protective Services staff assisted with returning the child to its mother.

Hansen was issued a traffic citation for unreasonable imprudent speed. He was being held as of Monday night on a $17,000 bond at the Racine County Jail on pending felony charges of OWI seventh offense and felony child neglect.