The San Rafael police department will be running a state funded drunk driving and driver’s license checkpoint tonight beginning at 6:00 p.m. and ending at 2:00 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. The DUI Checkpoint will be conducted in connection the Marin Avoid the 13 DUI campaign.
San Rafael police officers said that the checkpoint will start on A Street and Andersen Drive and may later move to Irwin Street and Fifth Avenue. DUI Checkpoints have been a common sight in Marin County during 2010 as officers throughout California seek to crack down on drunk driving and to get unlicensed driver’s off the roads.
Driver’s suspected of being under the influence will be asked to pull over for further investigation and may be asked to submit to field sobriety testing. Submission to field sobriety testing and/or a PAS breath testing device is voluntary and not required under California Law. However, if a police officer has cause to arrest a person for DUI they must submit to a chemical test to determine their blood alcohol concentration. Refusal to take a chemical test can result in a drivers license suspension for one year on a first offense or a two or three year license revocation on a second or third offense.