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Two drivers were arrested for driving under the influence last Friday, August 22, 2014, at a checkpoint on De Long Ave. and Redwood Blvd., in Novato. More than 1,600 vehicles drove through the over 6 hour long checkpoint.

The Novato Police Department are part of the Marin Avoid the 13 multi agency DUI task force which runs drunk driving saturation patrols and checkpoints periodically throughout the year. Funding for the special driving under the influence enforcement comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Driver’s arrested for drunk driving in Marin County face serious consequences in court and from the DMV. A first offense DUI can cost upwards of $10,000.00 to defend through jury trial and more if the driver is convicted. A conviction typically results in three years probation with fines of more than $1,700.00 and mandatory attendance at a DUI program. The DMV will suspend a driver’s license for six months on a first offense drunk driving conviction.
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Officers from the San Rafael Police Department will be stepping up their drunk driving enforcement over the upcoming Labor Day Holiday. Along with other Marin County law enforcement departments the San Rafael Police, as part of the Avoid the Marin 13 DUI Campaign and Safe Trek Program, will be running DUI saturation patrols and drunk driving checkpoints over the Labor Day Weekend.

A conviction for a first drunk driving offense in Marin County can result in punishment including probation, fines, a DUI school and up to 6 months in jail under the California Vehicle Code. Drivers with multiple offenses for driving under the influence face even greater punishment.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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