Officers Arrest 56 Suspected of Drunken Driving in 11-day Period

A DUI checkpoint is planned for San Anselmo this Friday.

Local law enforcement agencies arrested 56 people in Marin County suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs as part of a Labor Day weekend crackdown, according to spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher.

The arrests, which increased by 18 from the previous year, occurred from Aug. 17 through Aug. 28. A DUI checkpoint is scheduled for 6 p.m. in San Anselmo on Aug. 31 as the final push for the campaign. Officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers until Sept. 3.

As a part of the zero-tolerance campaign, police are also focusing on those who drive without a license.

“Many people arrested for DUI or who are driving on a suspended or revoked drivers license are under the impression that if they drive anyway, the consequences aren’t that tough, that the law doesn’t apply to them, or that they can drive without a license and won’t get caught,” Rorhbacher said in a release.  

On Aug. 21, sheriff deputies conducted a court sting at the in San Rafael, where they focused on offenders who left court and drove away, disobeying their DMV suspension orders or a judge’s court order not to drive without a valid license. Officers made 15 traffic stops that yielded in 14 citations and one arrest, according to Rorhbacher.

“These repeat offenders will face additional trips to court, fines, longer driver’s license suspensions and possible jail time for failing to obey court and DMV orders not to drive without a license,” she said.

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