Police Arrest 33 Suspected of Drunken Driving, Holiday Crackdown Continues

Two more DUI checkpoints are planned for San Rafael.

The first 10 days of local law enforcement's crackdown on drunken driving resulted in 33 DUI arrests, with two more checkpoints scheduled for the upcoming week, according to police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher. 

From Dec. 14 to 23, officers arrested 33 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and three more for outstanding DUI warrants, Rohrbacher said. 

Stormy weather caused one checkpoint to be canceled over the weekend, but units from San Rafael, Novato and Mill Valley were out in saturation patrols on Friday and Saturday. San Rafael Sgt. Christopher Coale said 112 vehicles were stopped throughout Marin County during that first weekend, 18 field sobriety tests being administered and two drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

San Rafael police also made two drug related arrests that first weekend for being in possession of illegal substances while operating a vehicle on a highway. Two drivers with suspended licenses were arrested, five unlicensed drivers were cited and released and 21 moving safety violations were issued, according to Coale. 

San Rafael has two more checkpoints planned as part of the holiday crackdown that will end Jan. 1. One will be on Friday, Dec. 28 and another on Sunday, Dec. 30 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The checkpoints are funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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American hero January 02, 2013 at 04:54 AM
I wonder if they ticketed illegal drivers or just gave them a warning.
Kevin Moore January 02, 2013 at 05:50 AM
Unlicensed drivers get a ticket. They can call someone to come and pick up the car. Another set of questions are: How much are the tickets? What percentage of the tickets get paid?
Roger January 03, 2013 at 08:38 PM
A relative of mine was recently rear-ended on 101 in Santa Rosa. The unlicensed 31- year old Hispanic woman was given a citation by CHP and gave a Viking insurance documentation, which Viking later disclaimed. She drove her car away. Will she appear in court to pay her fine? l doubt it. I hear from the CHP that it is common for Viking to accept Hispanic premium payments, but then cancel coverage when a claim comes in with an unlicensed driver. Shame on Viking. Even legal immigrants choose to go unlicensed, such as Galo did in SF with prior citations before hitting Rosenberg and killing him. Getting a license ensures drivers are well trained.
Roger January 03, 2013 at 09:31 PM
"Don Rosenberg blames San Francisco's lax attitude for his son Drew's death. In November 2010, an unlicensed driver made a left turn and hit Drew and his motorcycle. Drew Rosenberg died after Roberto Galo backed up over his body. Five months earlier, San Francisco police had stopped Galo for driving the wrong way on a one-way street and driving without a license. The city impounded Galo's car but released it to a licensed driver the next day. Galo was driving that car in the fatal crash." Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/saunders/article/San-Francisco-Have-no-license-will-travel-4158827.php#ixzz2GkTL924j


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