Sgt. Christopher Coale
Date: March 19, 2012 7:23 PM
San Rafael, CA – March 19, 2012. Avoid the Marin 13 agencies conducted saturation patrols on Saturday, March 17, 2012. The units took to the streets at 4:00 PM and continued a focused enforcement effort until 3:00 AM.
Sixty five traffic stops were made resulting in sixteen field sobriety tests being administered. Four drivers were arrested for driving under the influence. The blood alcohol level for two of the arrested drivers was .18 and .24. This is two and three times the legal limit of .08 BAL.
The four arrests were made by the Tiburon, Novato, and San Rafael police departments.
Additionally one driver with a suspended license was arrested, and five unlicensed drivers were cited and released. Twenty one moving safety violations were issued.
“Our message is simple and unwavering: if we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions,” said Chief Bishop. “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.”
The national Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown is led by NHTSA with the California Avoid DUI Campaign combining high-visibility enforcement and heightened public awareness through publicity. For more information, visit the High-Visibility Enforcement Campaign Headquarters at www.StopImpairedDriving.org.