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3 Arrested for Suspected DUI at Saturday Night Checkpoint

More than 1,000 drivers were screened just steps from the Novato PD station.

Out of 1,023 drivers screened, the made three arrests for suspicion of drunken driving and issued 25 citations for unlicensed driving at a sobriety and registration checkpoint Jan. 14.

Police set up the grant-funded checkpoint at De Long Avenue at Redwood Boulevard. From 6 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday, officers conducted 42 field sobriety tests, yielding the three arrests. Five citations were issued to drivers with suspended licenses and nine vehicles were towed. In addition, officers cited four drivers for moving violations.

At the in Novato, two arrests were made for suspected DUI out of 723 drivers screened Nov. 23 at a checkpoint at South Novato Boulevard at South Redwood Boulevard. Officers conducted 15 field sobriety tests, issued seven citations for unlicensed drivers and six for suspended licenses.

At a , 583 drivers were screened and 18 field sobriety tests were issued on South Novato Boulevard near Sunset Parkway, but nobody was handcuffed for DUI.

LP January 17, 2012 at 01:52 AM
By having the check points the NPD is letting citizens know that you better be driving responsibly. Maybe the name should be changed from DUI check points to something like "Violation Check Points" seeing as it's not just DUI's.
Valerie January 17, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Woot woot! I <3 Novato PD.
diane January 17, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I'd be glad they do them if they actually did something about unlicensed drivers, but they don't. And now they don't even take their cars anymore, so what's to stop them from continuing to drive? Also, what good is a checkpoint when they advertise when and where they are going to do it?
Valerie January 17, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Diane, I may be wrong here, but atleast from reading the patch on Saturday morning, there was no mention of where the checkpoint was going to be. I assumed the typical locations obviously, they have their favorite places, but other then that, the Patch did not advertise the location. Did you see it elsewhere?
Tina McMillan January 17, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Does anyone know the consequence of being an unlicensed driver, driving on a suspended license and having more than one citation for these offenses?

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