Author: Sgt. Christopher Coale
Date: May 03, 2014 6:37 AM

San Rafael Checkpoint Starts the Cinco de Mayo Celebratory Weekend

San Rafael, CA – May 3, 2014.  The San Rafael Police conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on Friday May 2, 2014.  The operation was set up on Point San Pedro Road east of Mooring Road for east bound traffic.   Vehicle screening began at 6:00 PM and ceased at 11:30 PM.  

One thousand, six hundred and twelve vehicles passed through the check point resulting in thirteen field sobriety tests being administered.  

One driver was arrested after he entered the screening line and displayed objective symptoms of being under the influence.  Officer TJ Collins was the officer that spoke to the suspect.  Officer Collins had just completed a training course on detecting and prosecuting DUI suspects earlier that week.  The course is known as ARIDE: Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement.  It was Officer Collin’s belief that the suspect was under the influence of some form of Cannabis.  The suspect was booked at the Marin County jail.     

Additional results from the checkpoint are; two drivers with suspended licenses were arrested, and three unlicensed drivers were cited and released.    

Saturation patrols will also be conducted throughout the county during the weekend and on Monday for Cinco de Mayo.  

Although there is a focus on impaired driving enforcement during Cinco de Mayo weekend celebrations, all of Marin agencies aggressively enforce DUI laws throughout the year.   

The national Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown is led by NHTSA with funding in San Rafael by an OTS Safe Trek DUI grant.  

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Last Modified: May 03, 2014 9:39 EDT (by Holm)

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