San Diego’s DUI checkpoints are posted HERE by Attorney Rick Mueller of the San Diego County DUI Law Center – visit here frequently. This weekend the police will be out for the 4th of July.
For this year’s Independence Day celebration, let’s review why we celebrate on the 4th of July rather than when the vote was actually taken on the 2nd of July. The fourth of July has to do with the signing of the Declaration of Independence as a document.
We recall that Thomas Jefferson wrote the original version in early June. It was then edited by the Continental Congress through the rest of June. The document was finally ready for vote on July 1, 1776. The congress went into debate on the motion to approve the declaration. John Dickinson, as expected, spoke against voting at that time, encouraging further consideration at a later time. John Adams spoke in favor of the motion. At the end of the debate they took a straw ballot to get a sense of the meeting. The vote on July 1 was nine colonies in favor and the other four either undecided or against. Since they had already decided that so serious an action required a unanimous vote from all the colonies, it looked like the declaration would go down in defeat. The official vote was scheduled for the next day.
That evening, the congress received a dispatch from General George Washington declaring that the British were preparing to attack the American positions at New York. This news from the war caused three of the undecided colonies to change their positions and decide to vote in favor of the declaration.
All that was left was whether Pennsylvania would vote for or against. Two of the delegates from Pennsylvania had the potential to cause it to fail.
Rather than vote against it, they decided to stay away from congress on the morning of July 2 giving the rest of the delegates the confidence to vote unanimously for the Declaration of Independence.
The actual vote was taken on July second, which explains why John Adams hoped that date would always be celebrated and remembered. However, since it took until the fourth of July for the document to be prepared for signatures, we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence on the fourth of July.
It was the fourth when they put their lives on the line. As they signed that document they understood it would likely cost them their homes, their families, and their lives. They were courageous and ready to pay that price. As Benjamin Franklin quipped during the signing, “we shall all hang together, or we will certainly hang separately.” On July 4th we celebrate the founders’ courage as they signed the Declaration of Independence. [Written by Rev. Bruce Humphrey, RB Pres.]
Preparations were underway Thursday for the 15th annual Big Bay Boom pyrotechnics display, which will shoot off fireworks from four barges on San Diego Bay on Independence Day.
The Port of San Diego, which sponsors the Fourth of July show, will also offer a display off Imperial Beach.
Port Chairman Dan Malcolm called it “the best and most iconic waterfront fireworks show in Southern California.”
The 4th of July is a time when some San Diego people make a bad decision and get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol (DUI), California attorneys are told.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will be out in force during the long holiday weekend to make sure DUI impaired drivers don’t put others in danger, lawyers say.
Watch for increased DUI patrols by deputies across the county beginning on Friday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 5th. Deputies will also be holding DUI checkpoints in Santee and Encinitas on Friday, July 3rd.
The Sheriff’s Department arrested 19 people for DUI during the Fourth of July enforcement period in 2014. During the same period in 2013, deputies arrested 46 people for impaired driving.
“If you’re caught drinking and driving this Fourth of July weekend, you will go to jail,” said Sheriff Bill Gore. “DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER!”
If you do drink, be sure to have a designated driver ready or
call a taxi. Here are some sober rider options for the Fourth of July:
MTS (Bus and Trolley)
NCTD (Bus and Coaster/Sprinter)
San Diego DUI It’s Just Not Worth It.
Watch our public safety video on the high price of
drinking and driving by clicking on the image on the
This Fourth of July weekend, be aware of San Diego County’s “Social Host” ordinance.
Anyone caught serving alcohol to a minor will be arrested and booked into jail.
Celebrate the Fourth of July by doing the responsible thing: DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!!!
Funding for the Fourth of July DUI patrols is provided by a grant from the California Office of
Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
are Los Angeles DUI checkpoints.