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DUI Checkpoints Planned for San Anselmo, Marin

From Aug. 17 to Sept. 3, Marin law enforcement will be setting up DUI checkpoints, beginning with one in San Rafael on Friday.

 

Anyone celebrating the end of summer with alcohol should make sure they have a designated driver when traveling home.

From Aug. 17 to Sept. 3, Marin law enforcement will be conducting DUI and driver’s license checkpoints and local roving DUI patrols as part of a statewide effort to crack down on impaired driving on the Labor Day weekend. 

A series of roving patrols specifically on the look out for drunk and impaired drivers will operate throughout the county on various evenings from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

“Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign reduces alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent,"  Sgt. Christopher Coale said in a release. "By joining this statewide wide effort, we will make Marin’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period.”

Here is the list of planned checkpoints:

  •  Friday, Aug. 17 in San Rafael, westbound  on Manuel T. Freitas Parkway at Las Gallinas Avenue beginning at 6:00 p.m.  The checkpoint may relocate later in the evening to northbound Irwin Street at Fifth Avenue.  This checkpoint is funded by a mini grant from the Office of Traffic Safety.
  • Friday, Aug. 24 in Mill Valley, but the time and location is still to be determined.
  • Friday, Aug. 31 in San Anselmo, the time and location is still to be determined.

 In 2010 alone, 791 people died in California in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit.  The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24 age group.

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John Ferguson August 16, 2012 at 06:26 PM
It's pretty counter-intuitive for law enforcement to publish the dates, times and locations of operations designed to catch lawbreakers. How much is this costing us as taxpayers? Wouldn't it make far more sense to just install breathing tubes in all cars? If your goal is to stop drunk driving, keep drunks from even starting the car! And by shifting the cost from municipalities who cannot afford police overtime to drivers, you're dealing with the budget problem as well. Seems like a win-win to me..
John Ferguson August 16, 2012 at 06:30 PM
From the evidence, I think the primary reason for these checkpoints is to validate the identity of the drivers, making sure they have licenses and are documented. Perhaps it's a PR play to pitch them as 'safety checkpoints' targeting intoxicated drivers.
tony masi August 17, 2012 at 11:53 PM
I find it interesting that the first checkpoint is being set up a full two weeks before Labor Day in an effort to "crack down" on Labor Day weekend impaired driving. I suppose it can be argued that a preventative police action of this type may scare potential offenders into obeying the law in the near future, but I choose not to so easily give up my rights to privacy in order to catch a few lawbreakers. Our society has headed way to far in this direction already. P.S. Hats off to Katherine Forrest and Tangerine Bolen for their efforts in fighting our government's efforts to allow the indefinite detention of American citizens without proof or trial (Sec.1021 NDAA). Check out Ben Swann @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZjXHjkzMD4

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