Novato Police Announce Upcoming DUI Checkpoint

The following is a news release from the Novato Police Department: 

Novato Police Department will be conducting a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint on April 4th, 2014 at an undisclosed location within the city limits.

DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough. 

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public. 

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Novato Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the UC Berkeley Safe TREC program, targeting those who still don’t heed the message to designate a sober driver. 

Hopkin April 06, 2014 at 12:53 AM
Well, I have personal experience and of people I know that says otherwise. I won't mention any names, either, but I will add that most tow company experiences will probably be positive. It can depend on which specific employee you may get and if they have the opportunity to pull something. Stay tuned for a future post with tips on how to improve your odds on a positive experience (when I get around to it).
Al Nymous April 06, 2014 at 12:58 AM
So..Bubba is pro Nazi Germany style checking of papers and obeying the law. You and spam hanging out under the socialist bridge on 7th St.?.. Unless there is a epidemic of drunk people smashing into things (besides teenagers), the overpriced and unconstitutional DUI checkpoints are unnecessary.
rex allen April 06, 2014 at 09:30 PM
798 checkpoint stops and all they get is ONE DUI arrest!! What a colossal waste of resources that could have been used fighting actual CRIME. (And no, there's no way we can know that one DUI would have caused any negative outcome). Typical govt. stupidity.
Roger April 06, 2014 at 11:39 PM
9 unlicensed drivers cited, but no real punishment. How many actually pay a fine? I bet less than 10%. Just give a fake name and address to the cop, and no way can they track down the violator later. No cars were towed. A new law allows illegal immigrants to get licenses, but I bet less than 20% will, because then they could really be tracked down for fines not paid.
The Gloop April 20, 2014 at 02:47 PM


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