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Novato DUI Checkpoint Nets 1

11 vehicles towed for misdemeanors

There was one arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol out of 1,336 vehicles checked Friday evening when the Novato Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint at the intersection of West Campus Drive and San Marin Drive on the city's north side.

The sole DUI arrest occurred at 7:36 p.m., according to statistics released by Sgt. Oliver Collins. Officers cited 11 drivers for other moving violations. The first citation was issued at 5:50 p.m. and the last one at 9:58 p.m. 

Eleven vehicles were towed away due to misdemeanor violations. Those are typically suspended California driver’s licenses or in the case of at least one driver, not even having a valid license at all, Collins said. He added that individual caught Friday had not had a valid driver’s license since 2009. 

There was no enforcement of insurance or registration during the checkpoint unless it was a lesser-included charge along with a driver’s license violation. 

Normally, towed vehicles can be returned to the owner the next day so long as a licensed driver is picking it up and proof of registration and insurance can be provided. There is a $130 police release fee as well as a towing and overnight storage fee to the garage of $65. The longer a car owner leaves it stored, the more it costs to retrieve it.

Driving on a suspended license in California can be expensive and “time” consuming. A first-time conviction carries a minimum fine of $300 and a maximum fine of $1,000.  There can be penalty assessments and/or imprisonment for five days to six months. A second offense within five years will get you a minimum penalty of $500 and a maximum fine of $2000.  Jail time can be for 10 days up to one year.

Susan Clark May 13, 2011 at 08:35 PM
From what I understand there were quite a few arrests for driving without a license which is against the law. Yeah for DUI check points and Thank You Novato Police.
Guy Perkins July 25, 2011 at 05:06 AM
Craig, are you under the impression that if you cut funding to the CHP they will only stop violators? That's a lot of money they need. It's easier to make up violations than to find a new job.
Spyder-Sam Ryder July 25, 2011 at 05:24 AM
Spend an hour watching a DUI checkpoint. Invite some friends to get educated with you. Take photos&notes. Listen. You'll hear the police asking for information that they dont need to know, that citizens have a right not to answer, like "Where are you going?" How many citizens watched the "never talk to the police" video on youtube, and know they don't have to answer these questions? You'll watch as many as 80% of the officers just standing around gabbing with each other. Sometimes the police departments combine their forces to make sure that even more idle officers are standing around. You'll see a whole bunch of tow truck drivers sitting near by waiting for business. You'll hear a police officer yell to them "We're trying to find you some business." You'll be hassled by the police that your presence is alarming them, even though you are only observing and listening to how they treat the citizens that they are needlessly stopping. If you're carrying a purse or backpack, they will pretend you are a threat to them. They may threaten to take your camera. There must be escape route, but they use tricks tricks so by the time you realize it's not road construction, its too late to use the escape route. Sometimes a cruiser will pull over those who use the escape route. Multiply the wasted effort just once for each of the 5000+ counties in this country, and realize why government is so far in debt. Just a little of the education I received...
Spyder-Sam Ryder July 25, 2011 at 05:38 AM
I support your crusade to get the city to check immigration status of people who get paid by our tax dollars. I didn't quite understand your remark about vehicle code violation. Are you saying the cops should be guilty of vehicle code violation for pursuing vehicles that avoid a check point? Or are you saying the drive of the vehicle should be guilty for wanting to avoid needless questioning by the police? If the second case, shame on you. As an attorney you of all people should know better than to try and criminalize people who prefer to go their way without needless interaction with the police. Go back to law school and watch the professor who put the "Never talk to the police" video on youtube. Your cheering the police to overspend resources with very limited return is encouraging waste that we can not afford. Do you ever visit a restaurant that serves alcohol? How about a cruiser to stop you and check you whenever you leave such a restaurant, whether or not you ever drink?
Dexter Kaziff July 26, 2011 at 04:31 AM
Spyder...spoken like a true jail house lawyer or wannabe anarchist who spends his days living off of mommy and daddy and his nights fighting the evil capitalist pigs and the man. Stop it.

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