Lt. Alan Piombo
Date: February 12, 2013 4:02 PM
San Rafael, CA – February 12th, 2013. On February 12, 2013 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. officers from San Rafael Police Department conducted an undercover ‘Court Sting’ operation at Marin County Court targeting suspected DUI drivers whose licenses were suspended/revoked or who were unlicensed drivers.
Police officers staked out offenders who had been told by a judge not to drive and/or who had been told of their license suspension. Two (2) offenders were followed by officers from courtrooms to their vehicles to ensure that they were not driving. While some offenders complied with the law and had alternate means of transportation, two (2) individuals in court proceeded to get behind the wheel and drive away from the court house.
Those who chose to drive were stopped by waiting officers. Those stopped for driving while suspended or unlicensed were then cited back into court:
Those arrested today could face additional jail time, long driver license suspensions, as well as other financial hits including 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.
DUI Court Sting stakeout operations, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement, serve as a proven deterrent with the goal of keeping impaired drivers from the road and heightening public awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
This special DUI operation was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Please help San Rafael PD everyday of the week: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!