2 DUI Arrests Made at 'Checkpoint Melody'

Watch these video reports on the checkpoint.

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.

tom martell May 29, 2011 at 03:19 AM
how many police agency's were involved, how many officers and what was the entire cost of the operation?
Christine May 29, 2011 at 03:31 AM
However many agencies and officers involved and what ever the cost of the operation, it was well worth it. People driving under the influence, without licenses and moving violations we caught and cited. Thank you for a Great Job Novato Police and whom ever else was involved!
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr May 29, 2011 at 03:58 PM
The cost of NOT having these checkpoints is the life of Melody Osheroff. The two drunk drivers cited are incapable of learning that they threaten the lives of others when they drive. It is appropriate to take their cars away from them to remove the temptation. But the checkpoint was even more beneficially effect than that. It took off the road sixteen (16) other drivers who have either never taken a driver licensing test, or who have already, previously had their licenses taken away from them because they have already egregiously abused the driving privilege. Would you have flown out of SFO Friday night if you knew that 16 pilots flying that night did not have pilot licenses? Do you want to bet that the eleven (11) who had no driver license were illegal aliens? Are you comfortable with the untested driving behind you?
Susan Wreden May 29, 2011 at 03:59 PM
Does it really matter if it saves just one life?
Lita Carroll May 29, 2011 at 04:31 PM
But how much did it cost? No criticism, no judgement-
Edwin Drake May 30, 2011 at 01:19 AM
This is shameless. It's body count policing. "We got Two!!!" And it's meaningless in the big scheme. If they really wanted to 'honor' Melody they would have placed this at Novato Bl and San Marin, on the way back from Stafford Lake and the Pacific. I'd feel much safer to have the Novato PD seen out and about and patrolling. The question is: For the officer-hours spent, how many drunks would they have caught by patrolling? I know it's easier to have them drive up to you, but the numbers are so low that I suspect this is nothing more than chance. They'd catch as many, if not more, with patrols. AND, one last note: This is America and we are still allowed to complain about the police. I'm putting out the idea that time and money would be better spent elsewhere. If enought people agree with me then maybe the police will listen to the citizens they're hired to protect.
Bob May 30, 2011 at 01:37 PM
The "Avoid the 13" is funded by a grant from the state. Still our money but not directly from city coffers.
Bob May 30, 2011 at 01:50 PM
For me getting unlicensed drivers and suspended license drivers off the road is important too. Because these folks do not have drivers license and not passed a driving test, who has said that they have the skills to drive? Without a license it is good chance they do not have insurance either and it is disturbing that I have to carry uninsured motorist insurance, at my expense, to protect myself from these folks. They knew they were breaking the law and did it anyway and should get their car impounded as a result. Often these folks that don't have drivers license buy "throw away " cars, low cost cars, and don't register them. If they are in an accident they abandon the car that is still registered in the previous owners name.
mike jones May 30, 2011 at 03:33 PM
Lets get all the damn prius with an obama sticker doing 40 in the fast lane off the road too.
Lita Carroll May 30, 2011 at 06:05 PM


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