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On December 18, 22015, the Marin County Probation Department conducted several unannounced probation searches on residences of probationers with long histories of drunk driving.  Of the 25 searches conducted officers found only one person in violation of court orders.

Probation officers, acting as part of National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, along with officers from the Novato Police Department, searched homes in unincorporated areas of Marin, Novato, San Rafael, Fairfax, San Anselmo and Sausalito.   Oe Probation Officer said the searches were based in part on whether the DUI probationers were considered to be dangerous to the community should they drink alcohol and have access to a vehicle.

If a person is convicted of a multiple offense DUI in Marin County they could be placed on probation with terms that they not consume or possess alcohol.  In addition, any DUI arrest can result in the administrative suspicion of a drivers privilege to drive by the California DMV.

The San Rafael Police Department has announced that Marin County law enforcement officers, as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign, are set to deploy DUI Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols during the upcoming 17 day Holiday DUI Enforcement Campaign.

San Rafael Police and all law enforcement agencies operating under the Marin County Avoid DUI Task Force, will be actively searching for and arresting drunk drivers from December 18, 2015, to January 3, 2016.

The Avoid Task Force will be conducting two Drunk Driving/Driver’s License Checkpoints and multiple DUI saturation Patrols. during he Holidays.  A DUI checkpoint will be run in the City of Novato this Friday, December 18, 2015 and the Task force will be conducing roving drunk driving patrols throughout Marin County on December 19, 21, 22, 23, 27, 30, and 31, 2015.  In addition, there will be a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint in the City of San Rafael on Saturday, January 2, 2016.

There will be a DUI checkpoint this weekend in Solano County.  The City of Fairfield Police Department will be conducting the Drunk Driving and Drivers License Checkpoint on on Sunday, December 20, 2015.

Fairfield PD’s Traffic Unit will be running the checkpoint between 6 p.m. and midnight.  Police have not disclosed the location where the operation will be conducted.  However, the location of a checkpoint must be legally based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests under the current state of the law.

San Francisco Bay Area Police Officers must adhere to a several judicially mandated requirements in order to legally justify the presence of a checkpoint under the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Otherwise, the presences of a checkpoint may be found to be in violation of every citizen’s right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.

A Vallejo woman, was a arrested on the job on Friday, December 11, 2015.  Her job, driving a school bus full of students.  The woman is employed as a school bus driver for Napa Valley Unified School District.  She was arrested for driving under the influence and for child endangerment.

Police officers stated that the woman’s bus got stuck on a road in rural Napa County when she tried to make a three-point turn.

San Francisco Bay Area Drivers face harsh consequences if arrested for a DUI.  A first offense can carry 3 to 5 years of probation, more than $2,000.00 in fines and fees and mandatory attendance at a DUI program.  The length of the program varies from 3 to 9 months depending not the motorist’s blood alcohol concentration.  In addition, a dunk driving offense can result in a driver’s license suspension for up to 9 months on a first offense.

The City of Vacaville Police Department has received and will administer a $220,000 grant from the State of California to enforce a Solano Countywide campaign against drunk driving.

Police agencies throughout Solano County participate in the Avoid the 10 DUI Task Force  that targets drivers who get behind the wheel after drinking too much or using drugs that may impair driving.  Solano County Officers will use the grant funds to run DUI and driver’s license checkpoints and drunk driving saturation patrols.

Local officers in Vallejo, Fairfield, and Vacaville will also target the drunk driving offenders with outstanding warrants by conducting probation sweeps and post court sting enforcement operations focusing on drivers who have suspended licenses.

The City of San Rafael Police Department will be conducting drunk driving checkpoints and special DUI patrols this holiday season. The driving under the influence patrols and driving while impaired checkpoints will run through January 1, 2015.

In all, the San Rafael Police Department plans to conduct two driving under the influence and drivers license checkpoints. In addition, the San Rafael Officers will be running twelve roving DUI saturation patrols during the Christmas and New Years Eve Holiday season.

Police agencies throughout Marin County will also be holding special DUI operations during the holidays.

The police want to remind Marin County residents to dial 911 if they see a driver they suspect may be under the influence.

Police departments throughout California believe 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 Departments throughout the San Francisco Bay Area hold DUI checkpoints and conduct roving patrols to deter DUI drivers and to keep unlicensed drivers off the streets.
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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 City of San Rafael Police Department’s STRIDE (Stopping Traffic Related Injuries and Deaths through Enforcement) has been in effect for a little more than forty days and the SRPD has declared it a success.

According to the San Rafael Police Department the STRIDE Campaign is responsible for a reduction in injury and fatal traffic collisions. San Rafael Police plan on continuing their STRIDE traffic enforcement during back to school week, San Rafael students went back to school on August 21, 2014, and throughout the Labor Day Holiday Weekend.

Traffic citations can result in points being assessed on a driver’s DMV record which can result in license suspensions and increased insurance rates. Traffic trials in Marin County are heard in Department N of the Marin County Superior Court located in the historic Frank Lloyd Wright designed Marin County Civic Center. Driver’s face high fines if convicted of traffic offenses in the Marin County and throughout California.
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