May 1, 2014

DUI Crackdown Planned - Cinco de Mayo Weekend

The Marin County multi police agency DUI task force, Avoid the Marin 13, is going to be on the look out for impaired drivers this holiday weekend. The involved police departments will be holding a checkpoint in San Rafael on Friday, May 2, 2014, form 6:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

The state funded drunk driving task force will also be running extra patrols over the weekend and on next Monday's Cinco de Mayo holiday. Police departments believe that the annual celebration is tied to an increase in alcohol-related accidents.

Please don't drink and drive. If you chose to drink then arrange for a designated driver or a safe ride home. An arrest for a DUI starts a long and expensive process that can result in the automatic administrative suspension of a person's driving privilege, probation, fines, possible jail time and mandatory attendance at a DUI school. The length of the DUI school depends on a person's blood alcohol level and whether they have any prior convictions. There is only one DUI school in Marin County, in San Rafael.

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April 30, 2014

TRAFFIC COURT RESULTS APRIL 2014


COURT CHARGE RESULT
Marin Speeding and no license Dismissed
Marin Speeding Dismissed
Palo Alto, Santa Clara County Speeding Reduced to a no pointer
Marin Illegally passing a school bus Dismissed
Marin Speeding - speed to high for traffic school Speed reduced to allow traffic school
Marin Speeding Reduced to a no pointer
San Francisco Stop Sign Dismissed
Richmond, Contra Costa County Speeding Not Guilty
Marin Speeding Dismissed
Marin Failure to yield Not Guilty
Marin Red light violation Reduced to a no pointer
Marin Speeding Dismissed
Marin Red light violation Reduced to a no pointer
Marin Speeding Reduced to a no pointer

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February 4, 2014

Super Bowl Weekend DUI Enforcement in Marin County

The Marin Avoid the 13 had an increased DUI presence during Super Bowl weekend. A drunk driving checkpoint was schedule in Rafael on Saturday night starting at 6:00 p.m. and was set to end on Super Bowl Sunday morning at 2:00 a.m.

Police agencies participating in the Avoid the 13 campaign included the San Rafael, Belvedere, Central Marin, Fairfax, Marin Community College, Mill Valley, Novato, Ross, Tiburon and Sausalito Police Departments. The Marin County Sheriff's Office, and officers from the CHP also took part in the task force.

DUI and suspended driver's license checkpoints are commonplace in Marin County. The multi agency task force routinely increases patrols and conducts checkpoints during holiday weekends and on traditional celebration dates like the Super Bowl

A DUI conviction in Marin County can result in fees and fines in excess of $10,000.00 as well as mandatory attendance at a drunk driving program and driver's license suspensions.

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October 31, 2013

Marin Drivers Beware On This Halloween Night - DUI Enforcement

The Marin Avoid the 13 DUI Task Force says that Halloween is the deadliest night of the year for child pedestrians. Therefore, they are warning drunk or drugged drivers that officers will be conducting an an extra aggressive enforcement tonight.

In addition to routine patrols the Avoid the 13 will have extra drunk driving patrols throughout Marin County this Halloween night.

Drivers arrested for a DUI face the possibility of jail time, the loss of their driving privilege, fines and mandatory attendance at a DUI school if convicted. The costs of defending a drunk driving case can sometimes exceed $10,000.

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October 31, 2013

Yolo County Drivers - Don't Drive Drunk on Halloween

The Yolo County DUI task force, the Avoid the 8, will be conducting additional patrols tonight in an effort to stop and arrest drunk drivers. Local police officers, sheriff's deputies and CHP officers will crack down on DUI and impaired drivers with their aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort.

According to NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween is one of the deadliest holidays of the year. NHTSA says that 52 percent of all national fatalities occurring on Halloween night from 2007 to 2011 involved a drunk driver.

Suspended license and DUI checkpoints and aggressive countywide DUI task forces are common throughout California. Funding for these drunk diving enforcement programs comes from the Office of Traffic Safety via grants from NHTSA.

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October 31, 2013

Yolo County Drivers - Don't Drive Drunk on Halloween

The Yolo County DUI task force, the Avoid the 8, will be conducting additional patrols tonight in an effort to stop and arrest drunk drivers. Local police officers, sheriff's deputies and CHP officers will crack down on DUI and impaired drivers with their aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort.

According to NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween is one of the deadliest holidays of the year. NHTSA says that 52 percent of all national fatalities occurring on Halloween night from 2007 to 2011 involved a drunk driver.

Suspended license and DUI checkpoints and aggressive countywide DUI task forces are common throughout California. Funding for these drunk diving enforcement programs comes from the Office of Traffic Safety via grants from NHTSA.

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October 22, 2013

Marin County Avoid The 13 DUI Task Force Gets $175,000 Grant

The City of San Rafael Police Department has been awarded a grant in the amount of $175,000 to support the efforts of the Marin County Avoid the 13 DUI Task Force. The grant is being provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety.

The Marin County Avoid the 13 DUI Task Force is made up of officers from police agencies across the county. The drunk driving enforcement program is manned by officers from San Rafael, Fairfax, Ross, Sausalito, Belvedere, Tiburon, the Marin County Sheriff's Department, the CHP, Mill Valley, the Central Marin Police and the Marin Community College Police Department. The Avoid the 13 conducts DUI and driver's license checkpoints and special enforcements including saturation patrols.

A 1st offense DUI conviction in California is punished as a violation of Vehicle Code section 23140, 23152 or 23153. Depending on the circumstances of the arrest, the blood alcohol level and the driver's prior criminal record, if any, the punishment can range from 0 days to 1 year in county jail. A first offender over 21 years of age in Marin County will get typically be placed on probation with mandatory fines and attendance at a DUI program if convicted.

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October 18, 2013

San Rafael Police Get $119,000 in Grants For DUI and Traffic Enforcement

The City of San Rafael Police Department has been awarded two grants for DUI enforcement and to administer a year long general traffic enforcement program. The Grant money will be used for DUI checkpoints, cell phone and texting enforcement, seatbelt enforcement and to run stings in which officers follow people who drive away from court after having their driver's license suspended or revoked.

Drunk driving checkpoints are commonplace in San Rafael, Novato and other cities in Marin County. Although these checkpoints amount to a warrantless intrusion and their effectiveness can be questioned, the courts have ruled that checkpoints are legal provided that the police follow guidelines including the giving of advance notice to motorists, the use of proper warning signs and lighting and a neutral based formula for stopping cars.

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October 4, 2013

DUI Court Sting Nets Suspended License Arrests

in courthouses throughout California police agencies are conducting stings where they watch people who's licenses have been suspended drive away from court. In Murrieta, Riverside County, six people who were not supposed to be driving due to pending DUI cases were cited last week.

The Murrieta Police Department's went under cover at the Riverside County Southwest Justice Center and staked out offenders who had been told by a judge not to drive. Police officers stopped ten drivers that they followed from courtrooms. Of those drivers, four were in compliance with the law as they had made arrangements for alternate means of transportation. However, six people were stopped and cited for allegedly driving on a suspended license, and some of those people's vehicles were impounded.

Anyone caught and convicted of driving on a suspended license as a result of a DUI conviction faces an additional sentence of probation, possible jail time, fines and the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device on any vehicle they own or operate.

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October 3, 2013

Vallejo Police DUI Checkpoint on September 20, 2013

In a continuing effort to deter drunk driving the City of Vallejo Police Department conducted a DUI/driver's license checkpoint on Friday, September 20, 2013.

The Vallejo Police ran the checkpoint from 6:00 p.m. to midnight, checking for drivers operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol and for drivers operating vehicles without proper licensing.

Anyone convicted of drunk driving in Solano County can expect a possible sentence including probation, jail time, a driver's license suspension, and increased insurance rates. Further, a DUI in California carries fines, fees, and mandatory attendance at DUI classes.

The Vallejo checkpoint was funded by California Office of Traffic Safety grant, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Suspended license and DUI checkpoints are a common sight in Solano County and throughout California. Recent studies, including one at the University of California Berkeley, have found that these Drunk Driving checkpoints have become extremely profitable for local municipalities as they are far more likely to seize cars from unlicensed motorists than catch drunken drivers.

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July 17, 2013

Drunk Driving Checkpoint in San Rafael This Friday Night

The City of San Rafael Police Department will be conducing a DUI checkpoint this Friday, July 19, 2013. The location of the checkpoint has not be disclosed to the public. The police have indicated that they will be screening drivers for alcohol and drug impairment as well as for possession of valid driver's licenses. The San Rafael Police are hopeful that this checkpoint will be only minimally intrusive and only momentarily delay the divers that they screen.

Police departments throughout California and the United States of America feel that DUI Checkpoints, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement, are proven strategies with the goal of removing drunk drivers from our highways. In Marin County, the Marin Avoid the 13 multi agency DUI task force, and Police Departmetns throughout the San Francisco Bay Area hold DUI checkpoints to deter DUI drivers and to keep unlicensed drivers off the streets.

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July 3, 2013

Avoid the Marin 13 Is Conducting A DUI Crackdown This 4th of July Weekend

Police agencies throughout California will be joined by the Marin County Avoid the 13 DUI Task Force this Fourth of July, in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. Officers will be out in force in an effort to catch and arrest impaired drivers.

The Marin County campaign will include a DUI Checkpoint to check drivers for their sobriety and drivers license status. That drunk driving checkpoint will be held on Friday, July 5, 2013, from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. in San Anselmo. Further, the Avoid the 13 will be running roving Saturation Patrols from July 4 - 7, 2013.

The CHP will conduct its maximum DUI enforcement in Marin by assigning all available officers to the San Francisco Bay Area region's freeways, state highways and unincorporated roads from 6:00 p.m. on July 2, 2013 to midnight on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

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July 3, 2013

4th of July Weekend DUI Task Force and CHP Patrols in Napa

Napa County police agencies are planning drunk driving saturation patrols throughout the County on Saturday and Sunday.

Tourists and Napa County locals alike should designate a driver or take a limo to do their wine tasting this 4th of July. Driver's arrested in Napa face 5 years probation and possible jail time if convicted of a 1st offense DUI.

The Napa County District Attorney's Office prosecutes DUI cases at the Napa Superior Court on 3rd St. in downtown Napa.

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July 2, 2013

San Mateo County Holiday DUI checkpoint planned in San Carlos

The San Mateo County Avoid the 23 drunk driving campaign will be running a DUI checkpoint at El Camino Real and St. Francis Way from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday, July 5 in San Carlos.

Other special driving under the influence enforcement patrols will take place throughout San Mateo County too as part of the statewide Drunk Driving, Over the Limit enforcement campaign.

Police agencies throughout California use DUI Checkpoints, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement, to assist in removing drunk drivers from our highways. Arrests for driving under the influence in San Mateo County are prosecuted at the Superior Courthouses in Redwood City and South San Francisco.

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June 4, 2013

Marin County DUI Arrests Results - Memorial Day 2013

The Marin County Avoid the 13 DUI task force made 24 arrests for drunk driving from May 24 to May 27, 2013. The holiday driving under the influence enforcement included one sobriety checkpoint, a DUI saturation patrol and routine police patrols focusing on impaired driving.

Overall officers arrested 12 more drivers for driving under the influence this Memorial Day Weekend than they did over the same holiday in 2012. The Avoid the 13 plans on conducting another DUI deterring effort throughout Marin County over the Fourth of July Holiday.

A conviction for a drunk driving offense in California can result in severe costs to the driver including fines, attorney fees, increased insurance costs and the mandatory attendance at a drunk driving program. Drivers in Marin County usually receive 3 years of informal probation on a first offense conviction.

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