San Rafael DUI Checkpoint Set for Friday Night

Marin law enforcement agencies are planning a holiday enforcement crackdown on drunken and impaired drivers Dec. 14 through Jan. 1, which includes three scheduled DUI checkpoints.


Marin law enforcement agencies will be out in full force for the holidays with DUI checkpoints and increased patrols.

Marin sheriff's deputies, as well as local police departments and the California Highway Patrol will be deploying officers for Christmas and New Years
weekends. The enforcement crackdown will run from Dec. 14 through Jan. 1.

“Lots of folks will be out during this busy holiday season, enjoying themselves and the holiday festivities, and we want everyone to be safe on our roadways,” San Rafael Police Chief Diana Bishop said in a release. “That’s why we will be stepping up enforcement to catch and arrest impaired drivers. Please be forewarned. If you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.”

In 2010, more than 10,000 people were killed nationwide in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving an impaired driver. In California, 791 people were killed. During December 2010, 30 percent of all fatalities in motor vehicle traffic collisions involved alcohol-impaired drivers.

“No one ever thinks that their holiday celebration will end in jail, or worse, in a hospital or the morgue,” Bishop said. “But for those who include alcohol in their celebrations and then get behind the wheel, this is too often the case.”

Schedule of DUI checkpoints:

  • Friday, Dec. 14 in San Rafael from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 21 in Novato (hours TBA)
  • Friday, Dece. 28 in San Rafael from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Checkpoint locations are not yet available.

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Timber December 15, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Most people do not grasp that such checkpoints are voluntary on your part. It is perfectly legal and lawful for the police to make contact with you and ask (request) you anything under the sun, but there is no corresponding duty for you to give a direct answer to the question posed. There are only three ways your government can constitutionally interfere with your Liberty (A) by a warrant, (B) reasonable suspicion, and (C) your consent. Checkpoints would never be sustainable upon a warrant and reasonable suspicion is always lacking prior to the initial stop this leaves your consent. People are trained to give consent to 'authority' either through ignorance, fear or both.


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