Sgt. Christopher Coale
Date: September 03, 2011 7:00 PM
San Rafael, CA – September 3, 2011. The Avoid the 13 Marin County DUI Task Force held a DUI driver’s license checkpoint in San Rafael at the intersection of Grand Avenue and East Francisco Blvd. This operation was in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving August 19–September 5, known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
The checkpoint ran between 6:00 PM to 11:30 PM. During the operation 1,786 vehicles were screened. Thirteen field sobriety tests were administered resulting in one DUI arrest.
Additionally three drivers with suspended licenses were arrested, fifteen unlicensed drivers were cited and released, and one person was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
Thirty moving safety violations were issued and three mechanical citations were given.
Seventeen vehicles were towed.
DUI Driver’s License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force deployments and local Roving DUI patrols will continue locally in partnership with law enforcement nationwide during the Labor Day Weekend Campaign.
“All too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life. Because we’re committed to ending the carnage, we’re intensifying enforcement during the crackdown. Since twice as many alcohol-impaired accidents occur over the weekend and four times as many occur at night, we will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads,” said Police Chief Jeff Franzini, San Rafael Department.
“Our message is simple and unwavering: if we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions,” said Chief Franzini. “Even if you beat the odds and manage to walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can still destroy your life.”
According to San Rafael PD, violators will face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.
The national Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown is led by NHTSA with the California Avoid DUI Task Force Campaign combining high-visibility enforcement and heightened public awareness through publicity. For more information, visit the High-Visibility Enforcement Campaign Headquarters at http://www.StopImpairedDriving.org.