Labor Day Checkpoint: 4 DUIs, 25 Traffic Citations

Police made 97 DUI arrests in Marin between Aug. 17 and Sept. 3, compared to 56 arrests made last year in the same timeframe.


Police made four DUI arrests at a San Anselmo checkpoint on Friday, Aug. 31, on Red Hill Avenue at Ancho Vista Avenue.

The  was part of , which ran from Aug., 17 to Sept. 3 and included checkpoints and special saturation patrols that resulted in a total of 97 arrests for driving under the influence or alcohol or drugs. In 2011, 56 DUI arrests occurred during the same 18 day period.

Other statistics from the Friday evening checkpoint include:

  • 1,771 vehicles were screened through the checkpoint
  • 28 field sobriety tests were administered
  • 4 arrests made for DUI
  • 2 arrests made for outstanding warrants
  • 13 citations issued for driving without a license or driving on a suspended license
  • 25 traffic citations issued
  • 8 vehicles towed

We heard traffic was pretty bad during the checkpoint. Did you get stuck in traffic?

The operation involved officers from 13 county law enforcement agencies. A grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) funded the program.

On Saturday, Sept. 2, there were 15 DUI arrests made in a 24-hour period in Marin, according to police officials.

Law enforcement officials will conduct more anti DUI efforts throughout Marin again around Halloween, Thanksgiving and in December. 

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.

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

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. 

Remember: You can always report drunk drivers by calling 911.

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