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A crash that sheered off a power pole closed Francisco Blvd. East in San Rafael on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The driver who was arrested for driving under the influence crashed his vehicle into a PG&E power pole shearing it off at the base.

The driver was not injured in the accident and there were no other cars involved. San Rafael Police Department Officers arrested the 44-year old driver on suspicion of DUI. PGE was on scene to repair the power pole.

A DUI arrest in Marin County can result in the loss of the driver’s driving privilege from the DMV and in a probationary sentence that includes a fine and mandatory attendance at a DUI program. The fine for a first offense is $1,748.00 and with costs for the DUI program, insurance and license fees, the drunk driver will pay more than $2,000.00 if convicted in Marin.
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Police officers in Marin County made ten arrests for drunk driving over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Three drivers were arrested at a DUI checkpoint in San Anselmo and two drivers were arrested for drunk driving during a checkpoint operation in San Rafael.

Officers working under the Avoid the Marin 13, an anti-DUI campaign, also arrested five drivers for DUI during roving patrols. According to the San Rafael Police Department an additional seven drivers were cited for driving with a suspended license.

Police departments throughout California and the United States 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. Drivers arrested for drunk driving in Marin face probation, high fines and mandatory attendance at a drunk driving program if convicted of a first offense.
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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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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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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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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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The Marin County Avoid the 13 has County wide drunk driving saturation patrols planned for this weekend. Drivers planning on celebrating Cinco de Mayo by drinking margaritas, tequila, or cerveza should also plan on having a designated driver.

Marin Counties’ multi agency DUI Task Force has assigned officers to a special saturation patrol and will be looking for impaired drivers. Funding for this drunk driving enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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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