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San Anselmo DUI Checkpoint Set for Friday

A checkpoint planned for Friday at 6 p.m. in San Anselmo is part of a Marin-wide crackdown on impaired drivers. Officers have arrested 56 people from Aug. 17 to Aug. 28 for driving under the influence.

 

Marin residents may want to think twice before drinking and driving this holiday weekend. 

In addition to a DUI and drivers license checkpoint set for Friday, August 31 in San Anselmo, officials throughout the county will be looking for impaired drivers this Labor Day weekend. The San Anselmo checkpoint begins at 6 p.m. Check back for more details about its location.

The checkpoint is part of , which runs from Aug, 17 to Sept. 3,

Marin County law enforcement officers have arrested 56 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs from Aug. 17 to Aug. 28. Last year, officials made 38 arrests in the same timeframe.

Officials , in favor of roving patrols from a countywide DUI strike team including all 13 law enforcement agencies.

The Marin-wide crackdown on impaired driving kicked off Aug. 17 with a  at the intersection of Manuel T Freitas Parkway and Las Gallinas Avenue in San Rafael, The checkpoint resulted in no arrests for drunken driving, according to the San Rafael Police Department. One of the drivers had a $15,000 misdemeanor warrant for prostitution from San Bernardino County, while two other drivers operating with suspended licenses were arrested.

Marin officials also cracked down on those who have been arrested for driving under the influence but are still driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license. On Aug. 21, officers from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office issued 14 citations and one arrest at a Marin County Courts sting. They focused on offenders who left the court and drove away, despite their DMV suspension orders or a judge’s court order to not drive without a valid license. The repeat offenders may face additional trips to court, fines, longer driver’s license suspension or jail time. 

 

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valeri hood August 30, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I hope that they will also start to deal with the people weaving with cell phones- texting and talking- while I drive, I see people doing this as the drive on every car trip I take, have been nearly hit many times on my bike- drinking and texting?- who knows- i sure am not seeing enforcement of this!
Elvis August 30, 2012 at 08:03 PM
it would be nice if our buses were scheduled more frequently to and from the court house to san rafael transit center, also to and from fairfax to san rafael transit center as well.
Bill Turner August 30, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Valeri Hood - I agree. Unfortunately, checkpoints are unlikely to spot these kind of violations. I would much prefer stepped-up "standard" patrols, which apparently had similar results in DUI and other enforcement recently.
Rebekah Collins September 01, 2012 at 09:31 PM
It seems that these check points have much more to do with things OTHER than DUIs. I think we have priorities beyond this kind of trolling . . . The Marin-wide crackdown on impaired driving kicked off Aug. 17 with a DUI checkpoint at the intersection of Manuel T Freitas Parkway and Las Gallinas Avenue in San Rafael, The checkpoint resulted in no arrests for drunken driving, according to the San Rafael Police Department. One of the drivers had a $15,000 misdemeanor warrant for prostitution from San Bernardino County, while two other drivers operating with suspended licenses were arrested.
John Neal September 01, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Coming home from work Friday I came across the traffic backup from the checkpoint. I switched over to Greenfield and not only missed the long wait but also bypassed the checkpoint entirely. Would not a drunk driver do the same? These checkpoints seem to be a total boondoggle that inconvenience the honest citizens while rarely catching the drunks who can so very easily avoid the cops by simply taking an alternate route.

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