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Five Drivers Arrested for DUI on New Year's Eve Crackdown

County law enforcement took to the streets at 6: p.m. and were still making traffic stops after 3 a.m.

San Rafael and Tiburon police departments arrested a total of five drivers on suspicion of driving under the influence on New Year’s Eve, according to San Rafael Sgt. Christopher Coale.

New Year's Eve was the last night of a county-wide crackdown on impaired driving that began on Dec. 14. throughout the county for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and one other driver was arrested at Friday’s DUI checkpoint on Andersen Drive and Gary Place. Those numbers do not include the California Highway Patrol's DUI arrests.

For New Year’s Eve, a task force of 18 officers took to the streets from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. According to Coale, 102 drivers were stopped throughout the county and officers administered 21 field sobriety tests.

The task force officers have been trained not only to recognize drunken driving, but also drugged driving. “This enhanced ability has led to better detection of impaired drivers,” Coale said in a release. “Drivers that are under the influence of not only alcohol but legal and illegal drugs pose an immense danger to themselves and others when operating a vehicle.”

In addition to the five arrested for impaired driving, three were arrested for driving on suspended licenses, and 14 were cited for driving without a license. Twenty four moving safety violations were issued.

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