Author: Sgt. Christopher Coale
Date: December 17, 2011 5:34 AM

Avoid the Marin 13 Winter Holiday Campaign Begins

The Avoid the Marin 13 Winter Holiday Campaign on Impaired Driving Starts With Two DUI Arrests for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs!

San Rafael, CA – December 17, 2011. The Avoid the Marin 13 allied agencies held a DUI driver’s license checkpoint to kick off the Winter Holiday Campaign which will run from December 16th to January 2nd. It was hosted by the San Rafael Police Department and was at the intersection of Manuel T. Freitas Parkway and Las Gallinas Avenue.

The checkpoint ran between 6:00 PM to Midnight.  During the operation 1,440 vehicles passed through the screening lane.  Thirty-two field sobriety tests were administered resulting in two DUI arrests.

Both of the DUI arrests were for driving under the influence of drugs, not alcohol.  One of the suspects was determined to be under the influence of the muscle relaxant, Soma and the other under the influence of Oxycodone, a prescription pain reliever.  As a reminder to everyone, diving under the influence is illegal for not only using alcohol, but all drugs, legal and illegal, if it affects your ability to safely operate a vehicle.

Additionally seven drivers with suspended licenses were arrested, twelve unlicensed drivers were cited and released, and one person was arrested on an outstanding warrant.  Forty-two moving safety violations were issued.

DUI Driver’s License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force deployments and local Roving DUI patrols will continue locally in partnership with law enforcement nationwide during the Winter Holiday Campaign.

“Our message is simple and unwavering: if we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions,” said Chief Franzini. “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.”

According to San Rafael PD, violators will face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include 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.

The national Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown is led by NHTSA with the California Avoid DUI Task Force Campaign combining high-visibility enforcement and heightened public awareness through publicity. For more information, visit the High-Visibility Enforcement Campaign Headquarters at

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Last Modified: December 17, 2011 5:39 EST (by Holm)