San Rafael, CA - On November 28, 2013, Officer Kevin MacDougald made his 100th driving under the influence (DUI) arrest for the year of 2013. Officer MacDougald is known in the department and by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) for dedicating his enforcement efforts related to DUIs.
Officer MacDougald found his 100th DUI driver during the early morning hours around 2:30am, after a vehicle had been traveling on Third Street and ran a red light, travelled the wrong way down C Street, and finally came to a stop in the 600 block of B Street. The driver performed a series of field sobriety tests and had a preliminary blood alcohol level that was twice the legal limit of .08%. The driver was taken into custody and booked at the Marin County Jail for DUI.
Officer MacDougald was taking part in a local DUI saturation patrol to find intoxicated and under the influence drivers during the time leading up to and during the Thanksgiving holiday. The day before Thanksgiving is often referred to as “Blackout Wednesday” due to the increased amount of alcohol related problems, including public intoxication and DUIs. The phrase was coined after law enforcement noticed an increase in alcohol related offenses the night before Thanksgiving, in some cases, excessive drinking to the point of passing out.
In San Rafael, the night before Thanksgiving usually sees an increase in people patronizing bar establishments and attending holiday parties. “Blackout Wednesday” is the starting point for the winter holiday DUI enforcement campaigns.
Drunk and drugged driving remains the number one killer on California’s roadways, with 774 deaths and over 24,000 injuries in 2011. On October 17th, 2013, Marin County’s Avoid the 13 DUI Campaign grant was renewed by the California Office of Traffic Safety. SRPD administers the grant for all county law enforcement agencies.
Officer MacDougald takes pride in DUI enforcement and has led the department in DUI arrests, year after year. Officer MacDougald has received awards from MADD for the last six years for his DUI enforcement efforts. There have been close to 300 arrests to date so far in 2013 in San Rafael related to driving under the influence. Officer MacDougald has made one-third of those arrests and he plans to keep going.
“It is one of the things that I know can save lives and prevents injuries. DUI enforcement ensures safer streets for the community and making sure people get home safely,” said Officer MacDougald. Officer MacDougald is a 35 year veteran with the police department and is commended for his outstanding efforts in protecting the community of San Rafael.
To avoid Officer MacDougald, the San Rafael Police Department recommends these simple tips for a safe Holiday Season: