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Weekend San Rafael Checkpoints Lead to 1 DUI Arrest

The holiday crackdown on impaired drivers continues through New Year's Eve.

Checkpoints on Friday, Dec. 28, and Sunday, Dec. 30, evening resulted in one arrest for drunken driving, according to San Rafael Sgt. Christopher Coale.

The checkpoints are part of a holiday crackdown on impaired driving that began in mid-December and continues through New Year's Eve. In addition to checkpoints, local law enforcement agencies have increased patrols during the evenings.

On Friday, San Rafael police set up a checkpoint at the intersection of Andersen Drive and Gary Place. The checkpoint ran from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and was cut short due to heavy rain, Coale said. Of the 913 cars that passed through the checkpoint, 13 field sobriety tests were given and one driver was arrested for DUI.

Sunday night's checkpoint, at the intersection of Grand Avenue and East Francisco Boulevard, screened 1,172 cars and officials administered 14 sobriety tests. San Rafael police arrested a man visiting from Montana who had ecstasy and marijuana on him and a female from Sacramento for an outstanding warrant for prostitution in Alameda County.

After both nights, police had arrested five drivers with suspended licenses, cited 24 unlicensed drivers, issued 12 traffic citations and towed nine cars.

The checkpoints are funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Sean Carter December 31, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Why is this in the Roseville Patch? This is not Roseville news.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr January 01, 2013 at 05:32 PM
And just who are those 24 unlicensed drivers? To repeat, citation for driving with a suspended license also includes those who have never had a driver license and have previously been convicted of driving without a license. Who do you suppose that might be? "After both nights, police had arrested five drivers with suspended licenses, cited 24 unlicensed drivers, issued 12 traffic citations and towed nine cars.
Bob Ratto January 01, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Jerome Go to SF Gate (pretty sure it will be there, I get the print edition)-read Debra Saunders today, it discusses a new study out by the DMV on the dangers of unlicensed drivers, and the "reasoning" behind it in San Francisco, has comments from a victims father. Short read, but quite informative.
Roger January 01, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Jerome, a relative of mine was just rear-ended on 101 by an unlicensed driver with a false listed of insurance coverage the dangerous driver gave the CHP. There appears to be no accountability here and no justice. It was like my relative was hit by a ghost. I am so upset that I may start voting GOP now.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr January 01, 2013 at 06:32 PM
"Unlicensed drivers are nearly three times more likely than licensed drivers to cause a fatal crash in California. Unlicensed drivers are more likely to cause fatal crashes than drivers who have had their licenses suspended or revoked. A new study by the California DMV. police [now] allow unlicensed drivers to avoid a 30-day impound if they could find someone with a license to drive away their car in 20 minutes. George Gascón said the city wanted to be sensitive to those who "can't get a driver's license because of their immigration status." also to accommodate others who could not afford driver training - that is, people who might or might not know how to drive safely. LA Police Protective League blogged "There are two fundamental reasons why vehicle impounding of unlicensed drivers is smart law enforcement. First, an unlicensed driver willing to ignore the law is, at least temporarily, less likely to further violate this law because he or she will not have access to the impounded vehicle. Second, the cost and inconvenience of recovering an impounded vehicle discourages people without licenses from driving. That is precisely why the state Legislature enacted the 30-day hold law."
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr January 01, 2013 at 06:33 PM
"Don Rosenberg blames San Francisco's lax attitude for his son Drew's death. In November 2010, an unlicensed driver made a left turn and hit Drew and his motorcycle. Drew Rosenberg died after Roberto Galo backed up over his body. Five months earlier, San Francisco police had stopped Galo for driving the wrong way on a one-way street and driving without a license. The city impounded Galo's car but released it to a licensed driver the next day. Galo was driving that car in the fatal crash." Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/saunders/article/San-Francisco-Have-no-license-will-travel-4158827.php#ixzz2GkTL924j 1-1-12, the Sacramento leftist, amnesty legislators removed the 30 day impoundment from the law so that unlicensed drivers could get back in their uninsured cars for which they have had no training nor testing, 21 minutes later. A citizen must be tested and get a license, but illegal aliens need not do so. You voted for them. I did not.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr January 01, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Tell your friends, relatives, and neighbors.
lindainfairfax January 01, 2013 at 06:45 PM
So why are driver's with suspended licenses arrested and unlicensed drivers only cited?
Roger January 01, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Wow, Galo was a legal immigrant and chose not to get a license. I can see why....no fees, no insurance, no responsibility. Disgusting liberals.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr January 02, 2013 at 02:44 AM
@lindafairfax, driving on a license suspension is disobeying a court order. There is nothing that will annoy a court (judge) like disobeying a court order. Unlicensed there is no record of prior arrest, although there may have been a prior arrest using a different name. Arrest or citation is always at the discretion of the police officer, usually following department guidelines for that city.

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