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Five Arrested on Suspicion of Drunken Driving in Weekend DUI Patrols

Around 90 cars were stopped in Marin County on Friday night, and five were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

Local law enforcement arrested five drivers on suspicion of drunken driving on Friday night as part of a countywide crackdown that will last until Sept. 3.

Police units focused their enforcement efforts from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., and stopped 90 vehicles throughout Marin County. Of the twenty field sobriety tests administered, five drivers were found to be driving under the influence, according to San Rafael Police Sgt. Christopher Coale.

Four of the arrests were made by the San Rafael Police Department and the other by the Novato Police Department. In addition to the DUI arrests, two drivers with suspended licenses were arrested, four unlicensed drivers were cited and released and four various drug-related arrests were made.

“Our message is simple and unwavering: if we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions,” said San Rafael Police Chief Diana Bishop. “Even if you beat the odds and manage to walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can still destroy your life.”

The national Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown is led by NHTSA with the California Avoid DUI Task Force Campaign combining high-visibility enforcement and heightened public awareness through publicity. For more information, visit the High-Visibility Enforcement Campaign Headquarters at www.StopImpairedDriving.org.

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Bill Turner August 27, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Bravo for getting impaired drivers off the road. And bravo for doing it without checkpoints, which are questionable at best from a civil liberties perspective. I will support increased "on-the-street" patrols every time so that people who show signs of impairment are the ones stopped and checked out.

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