Author: Sgt. Christopher Coale
Date: December 24, 2011 4:48 AM

The Avoid the Marin 13 Checkpoints

The Avoid the Marin 13 Winter Holiday Campaign on Impaired Driving Continues With Dual Checkpoints in San Rafael

San Rafael, CA – December 24, 2011. This Friday the Avoid the Marin 13 allied agencies held two DUI / driver’s license checkpoints for the Winter Holiday Campaign which will continue through January 2nd.  They were hosted by the San Rafael Police Department.  The first was at the intersection of Grand Avenue and E. Francisco Blvd.  It started at 6:00 PM and ran until 9:30 PM.  The second was at the intersection of Irwin Street and Fifth Avenue.  It took place between 10:00 PM and 1:00 AM.

A total of 1,888 vehicles were screened at the two checkpoints.  Twenty-nine field sobriety tests were administered resulting in one DUI arrest.

Additionally one driver with a suspended license was arrested, sixteen unlicensed drivers were cited and released, and one person was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant.  Sixty-six 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 www.StopImpairedDriving.org.

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Last Modified: December 24, 2011 10:02 EST (by Rohrbacher)