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The Marin County multi agency DUI task force will be conducting increased drunk driving enforcement patrols this holiday weekend. The task force, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety, will begin its holiday anti-drunk driving campaign tonight in the City of Novato at 6:00 p.m.

Police agencies throughout California use DUI Checkpoints, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement, to assist in removing drunk drivers from our highways. In Marin County, the Marin Avoid the 13 multi agency DUI task force, hold DUI checkpoints to deter DUI drivers and to keep unlicensed drivers off the streets.
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Santa Rosa police officers arrested three drivers suspected of driving under the influence on Saturday, February 23, 2013. That DUI enforcement was one of the periodic checkpoints set up in Santa Rosa to catch impaired drivers and check drivers’ licenses.

Approximately 850 cars went through the DUI checkpoint and police officers issued 32 traffic citations. Among those cited, 22 people were arrested for being unlicensed drivers and 8 drivers were arrested for driving on a suspended license.
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The City of Pasadena will be setting up an overnight DUI checkpoint on Friday, March 1, 2013, at an undisclosed location. The Drunk Driving checkpoint, will consist of police officers stopping drivers to look for signs of alcohol impairment. The driving under the influence checkpoint will operate from 7:00 p.m. on March 1, 2013 to 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013.

Police departments throughout California feel that DUI Checkpoints, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI saturation patrols, are proven strategies with the goal of removing drunk drivers from our highways. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Marin County police departments working under the Marin Avoid the 13 multi agency DUI task force, hold drunk driving checkpoints to deter DUI drivers and to keep unlicensed drivers off the streets.
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The California Office of Traffic Safety has granted The Novato Police Department $120,000 for a year-long traffic enforcement program focusing on drunk driving patrols, red-light violations traffic citations.

The Novato Police will use the grant money to pay for LIDAR speed-detection devices, DUI saturation patrols and to enforce traffic regulations at certain problem intersections. LIDAR devices are taking the place of or supplementing radar devices in many jurisdictions in Marin County and throughout California. LIDAR uses a laser beam to detect the speed of moving vehicles. Marin County police agencies believe that LIDAR is more accurate than radar. The use of LIDAR is subject to the same officer training requirements and speed trap laws as the use of radar. In many instances if the citing officer cannot show that the use of LIDAR is justified based on a valid traffic and engineering survey a speeding ticket issued based on the use of LIDAR will be dismissed.

Novato’s traffic ticket and DUI grant enforcement runs through September 30, 2013 and will include 10 DUI saturation patrols and 10 distracted-driving patrols. Novato Police Officers will also conduct 10 traffic enforcement actions aimed at red-light running and excessive speed.
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The California Office of Traffic Safety has awarded the City of “San Rafael Police”:http://www.marinij.com/sanrafael/ci_21914850/san-rafael-police-use-102-000-grant-traffic Department a grant of $102,000.00 for “traffic enforcement”:https://www.stankolaw.com. San Rafael Police officers will use the state allocated funds in an effort to prevent traffic collisions.

As part of that effort the San Rafael Police will conduct a series of “DUI”:https://www.stankolaw.com saturation patrols, enforcement aimed at distracted driving and seat belt and child safety seat enforcement. Repeat DUI offenders will also be staked out as part of the traffic safety program.

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. Whether arrested for DUI in San Rafael, Mill Valley, Novato, Kentfield, or San Francisco, you need to call an experienced aggressive driving under the influence attorney for help.
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The Marin County implementation of the statewide ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ anti drunk driving campaign, which began August 17, 2012 and runs to Sept. 3, 2012 will be out in force tonight. Police officers have canceled a DUI checkpoint planed for Mill Valley to instead focus on roving DUI patrols including officers from all 13 Marin County law enforcement agencies.

The saturation DUI patrols are part of statewide effort to crack down on drunk driving through the Labor Day weekend. The campaign began in Marin with a DUI checkpoint in San Rafael on August 17, 2012. Although many in law enforcement believe checkpoints are affective at catching drunk drivers the San Rafael checkpoint did not result in any arrests for drunken driving.

Checkpoints don’t often catch drunk drivers but they may result in getting drunks off of the roads. The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign has been highly publicized and according to the Police it helps to reduce alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.

Officers in Marin are planning one final DUI checkpoint during the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign. It will be held at a yet to be determined location in San Anselmo on Friday, August 31, 2012.

DUI checkpoints have been held to be constitutionally permissible by our courts provided that they comply with certain requirements. In California for a checkpoint to be legal in must follow factors laid out in the case of Ingersoll v. Palmer (1987) 43 Cal.3d 1321. The factors laid out in Ingersoll include:
1. Decision Making at the Supervisory Level
2. Limits of Discretion of Field Officers
3. Maintenance of Safety Conditions
4. Reasonable Location
5. Time and Duration
6. Indicia of Official Nature of Roadblock
7. Length and Nature of Detention
8. Advance Publicity

If those eight factors were not followed a DUI stop at a checkpoint may be challenged in court as being an illegal violation of a driver’s rights against unreasonable search and seizure under the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
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A drunk driving and driver’s license checkpoint will be conducted tonight by the San Rafael Police Department. The checkpoint will begin on East Francisco at Morphew Street starting at 6:00 p.m. and will later relocate to the intersection of Fifth and Irwin.

Police agencies throughout California 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 Rafael Police Department will be conducting a DUI checkpoint tonight, from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on westbound Manuel T. Freitas Parkway at Las Gallinas Avenue.

San Rafael Police believe that DUI Checkpoints, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement, are proven strategies with the goal of removing impaired drivers from the Marin County roadways. Police agencies throughout Marin County, the Marin Avoid the 13 multi agency DUI task force, and 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 Marin County Avoid the 13 DUI task force has received funds for the next year, its 11th, to continue its battle against drunk driving. The money was awarded by the a California Office of Traffic Safety directly to the San Rafael Police Department, which will administer the one-year grant for the entire county.

Marin County DUI Police Officers will use the newly awarded funds to run DUI and driver’s license checkpoints, drunk driving saturation patrols and courthouse stings. The 13 Marin County Police Departments involved in the Avoid the 13 campaign will also target repeat offenders and scofflaws by conducting warrant and probation sweeps.

DUI and Driver’s License Checkpoints aimed at deterring people from driving impaired and driving while unlicensed, have become commonplace in recent years. 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.

Drivers in Marin County can expect to see DUI campaigns during the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend and Christmas holiday season as well as on Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, and Cinco de Mayo. Traditionally those holidays see and increase in DUIs.
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Motorist in the City of Vallejo will likely come across more drunk driving checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols will be increasing in Vallejo in the near future. The California Office of Traffic Safety has awarded a grant of $172,700 to the Vallejo Police Department in order to target driving under the influence offenses.

The grant money will also be used for warrant searches, DUI stakeouts for repeat offenders, and courthouse stings where officers wait outside for convicted drunk drivers with suspended or revoked drivers licenses who drive away from court.

Drunk driving cases in Solano County are prosecuted in the Superior Courthouses, located in Vallejo and Fairfield. Which Courthouse a case goes to depends on whether the DUI arrest was made in the Northern or Southern part of the County. Typically drunk driving cases originating in Vallejo and Benicia are handled in Department 24 of the Vallejo Courthouse while cases stemming from arrests in Vacaville, Dixon, Rio Vista and Fairfield begin in Department 21 of the Fairfield Court.
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