Four Novato police officers took part in a "saturation patrol" Sunday night to specifically look for people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Although no DUI arrests were made, the mission of making an impression that drinking and driving don't mix was accomplished.
During the patrol from 5 p.m. Sunday to 1 a.m. Monday, officers made 16 traffic stops and put four drivers through field sobriety tests, Sgt. Eric Riddell said. Two citations were issued and two people were found to be driving with without a license. One vehicle was towed.
The shift was funded by a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety. As part of its grant, the police department will conduct more traffic safety operations to ensure safe and efficient vehicular travel through the city, the department said.
The operation was different from a sobriety checkpoint because the officers were not anchored to one location.