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Weekend San Rafael Checkpoints Lead to 1 DUI Arrest

The holiday crackdown on impaired drivers continues through New Year's Eve.

Checkpoints on Friday, Dec. 28, and Sunday, Dec. 30, evening resulted in one arrest for drunken driving, according to San Rafael Sgt. Christopher Coale.

The checkpoints are part of a holiday crackdown on impaired driving that began in mid-December and continues through New Year's Eve. In addition to checkpoints, local law enforcement agencies have increased patrols during the evenings.

On Friday, San Rafael police set up a checkpoint at the intersection of Andersen Drive and Gary Place. The checkpoint ran from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and was cut short due to heavy rain, Coale said. Of the 913 cars that passed through the checkpoint, 13 field sobriety tests were given and one driver was arrested for DUI.

Sunday night's checkpoint, at the intersection of Grand Avenue and East Francisco Boulevard, screened 1,172 cars and officials administered 14 sobriety tests. San Rafael police arrested a man visiting from Montana who had ecstasy and marijuana on him and a female from Sacramento for an outstanding warrant for prostitution in Alameda County.

After both nights, police had arrested five drivers with suspended licenses, cited 24 unlicensed drivers, issued 12 traffic citations and towed nine cars.

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

Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr January 01, 2013 at 06:33 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 1-1-12, the Sacramento leftist, amnesty legislators removed the 30 day impoundment from the law so that unlicensed drivers could get back in their uninsured cars for which they have had no training nor testing, 21 minutes later. A citizen must be tested and get a license, but illegal aliens need not do so. You voted for them. I did not.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr January 01, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Tell your friends, relatives, and neighbors.
lindainfairfax January 01, 2013 at 06:45 PM
So why are driver's with suspended licenses arrested and unlicensed drivers only cited?
Roger January 01, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Wow, Galo was a legal immigrant and chose not to get a license. I can see why....no fees, no insurance, no responsibility. Disgusting liberals.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr January 02, 2013 at 02:44 AM
@lindafairfax, driving on a license suspension is disobeying a court order. There is nothing that will annoy a court (judge) like disobeying a court order. Unlicensed there is no record of prior arrest, although there may have been a prior arrest using a different name. Arrest or citation is always at the discretion of the police officer, usually following department guidelines for that city.

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