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San Rafael Police Receives Grant for DUI Checkpoints

State monies will fund more DUI checkpoints, patrols in Marin.

 The San Rafael Police Department was recently rewarded a $46,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to continue its anti-DUI program, which includes DUI checkpoints. 

San Rafael Police Spokesperson Margo Rohrbacher said the program aims to prevent deaths and injuries on San Rafael roads. The grant monies will be used to target “impaired driving offenders” and to “educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.”

In 2001, San Rafael didn’t have any drunk or drugged driving fatalities, but 35 people were injured in related crashed, according to San Rafael Police officials.

“Crashes involving alcohol have been shown to drop by up to 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough,” Rorhrbacher wrote in a press release. “Checkpoints have proven to be the most effective of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent and are supported by nearly 90 percent of California drivers.”

Wood Berry October 13, 2013 at 03:23 AM
"“Crashes involving alcohol have been shown to drop by up to 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough,” Rorhrbacher wrote in a press release. " Can this statement be backed up with a study ? check points are a waste of tax payer dollars and are an unnecessary intrusion for the average citizen. This money is better spent on roving patrols and increasing 911 efficiency for people reporting impaired driving with their cell phones.
Jason Kahn October 14, 2013 at 11:27 AM
I'm sure that our police won't go around stopping citizens without violating their 4th amendment civil rights. "Probable cause" means that their must be SOME reason (speeding, driving erratically,) to pull someone over. They know this, don't they?
Elvis October 14, 2013 at 10:32 PM
and now they want us to vote on higher sales tax for the city of san rafael. when is enough money going to be spent?

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