Author: Roy Leon, Traffic Unit Sergeant
Date: January 06, 2017 8:30 PM

DUI Saturation Patrols and Stepped up Enforcement During the Holidays Nets 35 Arrests

San Rafael, CA – Due to the increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities around the holidays each year and the rise in drug-related DUI, the San Rafael Police Department stepped up enforcement and conducted special operations searching for and arresting alcohol and drug impaired drivers from November 19th to January 1st.  High Visibility Enforcement efforts like this have a deterrent effect, lowering the incidents of impaired driving.

DUI Saturation Patrols were deployed on Friday November 19th, Wednesday November 23rd, Friday December 16th, Friday December 23rd, Friday December 30th, and Saturday December 31st.  Along with the DUI Saturation Patrols, beat officers stepped up DUI enforcement efforts.  During this period, a total of 35 drivers were arrested for DUI.

The following were notable arrests;

  • On 11/20/16 at approximately 12:41 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle traveling southbound onto Highway 101 in the northbound lanes of traffic.  The driver was stopped and arrested for DUI after failing the field sobriety tests.
  • On 11/23/16 at approximately 2:44 a.m., an officer responded to D Street to investigate a vehicle collision.  Upon arrival, the officer located a vehicle that had rolled over onto its roof and was blocking both lanes of traffic.  The driver sustained minor injuries and was found to be over twice the legal limit.  
  • On 12/28/16 at approximately 4:12 p.m., a driver was stopped and arrested for DUI.  The driver was also charged for child endangerment due to the fact that a one year-old child was a passenger in the vehicle.
  • On 01/01/17 at approximately 12:28 a.m., an officer initiated a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation.  The driver was found to be nearly three times the legal limit. 

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone.  The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more.  The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. 

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

The DUI Saturation Patrols were funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1’. 

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Last Modified: January 07, 2017 1:15 EST (by Holm)

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