A DUI checkpoint staged Friday evening by and other law enforcement agencies netted two drivers who failed sobriety tests, police said.
The checkpoint on San Marin Drive was held in honor of Melody Osheroff, a 9-year-old Novato girl who was while crossing a street two years ago. Aaron Osheroff, who was nearly killed in the same incident, wrote about his feelings_for Novato Patch earlier this week. He appears in this video account of the checkpoint from KTVU TV as well as this one from ABC7 TV.
Novato police Sgt. Oliver Collins said 1,737 vehicles were screened and 61 field sobriety tests were given at the junction of San Marin and West Campus drives near the The site was just over one mile east of the crosswalk where the Osheroffs were struck by Novato resident Edward Schaefer, who had at least eight previous DUI arrests on his record. Schaefer was sentenced to prison and was stabbed to death days after his arrival at San Quentin.
Collins said officers issed 11 citations for unlicensed drivers, five for driving with suspended licenses and 26 for moving violations. Twelve vehicles were towed.
The checkpoint was part of the Avoid the 13 sober driving campaign operated by 13 law enforcement agencies in Marin County.
If you took photos of the checkpoint and would like to share them with Novato Patch readers, upload them to this story.
Meanwhile, check out this story about a DUI bill that passed in the state Assembly on Friday.