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Friday Night DUI Checkpoint Yields 3 Arrests

In addition to the arrests, 11 citations were issued for unlicensed drivers and two for suspended drivers.

Of the 1,613 drivers screened at Friday night's checkpoint at the 1600 block of Novato Boulevard, three people were arrested for drunken driving, Novato police said Saturday.

Officers performed 21 field sobriety tests at the grant-funded checkpoint, which resulted in arresting three people with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit, according to Lt. Oliver Collins. Officers also issued three moving violations and a total of 13 citations for unlicensed and suspended drivers.

At a checkpoint on July 1, two DUI arrests were made out of 1,701 drivers screened and 22 field sobriety tests given.

The checkpoints are funded through the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The goal is to reduce the number of victims killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes, Collins said.

Locations of checkpoints are not announced in advance because it helps encourage drivers to stay sober and not circumvent the checkpoint area.

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Bob Ratto December 23, 2012 at 07:54 PM
So you were thinking they pushed their cars to the checkpoint?..you cannot legally DRIVE without either a license or insurance. Hope that helps.
Roger December 23, 2012 at 08:05 PM
In Germany you can be a third generation German and still not be an official citizen of Germany. USA is very generous in comparison in handing out citizenship. But Germany still has accountability laws for its non-citizen residents. If a driver puts my kid in a wheelchair for life, I want that faulty driver's insurance to cover it, just like my paid insurance would cover the other driver if I hurt him.
Will Lamers December 27, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Jerome - Where does it say that all of the unlicensed drivers were illegal? Do you have numbers to back up your claim, or is this more fear mongering? I refuted your statement on this subject back in September, when you made this same statement: Perhaps you know more about what happened at that checkpoint than I do, but I do not see any indication that Hispanics were given any sort of break. What evidence do you have? Are all Hispanics illegals? Are all illegals Hispanic? Perhaps we should go the way of Arizona and make all the Hispanics carry identification papers? Maybe we should start to make everyone start carrying identifiication papers, just in case the Hispanics aren't the only ones here illegally? Take a look at CVC 2814.2 (c), and let me know if it mentions anywhere that Hispanics, or any other "illegals", get any sort of break. In other words, show me the facts, rather than the fear....
Will Lamers December 27, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Come on folks, use your heads. Insurance goes with the car, not the driver. That being said, even if the car has insurance, most policies will not cover an unlicensed driver.
Roger January 04, 2013 at 04:14 PM
I understand from CHP that Viking Insurance is known for taking premiums from Hispanics, and then when a claim comes in, Viking declares no coverage since the client lied on the application. This practice makes Viking rich, but leaves crash victims wanting justice.

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