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Which DUI Checkpoints Will Police Officers Stop You?

After looking over the last year's data, see what DUI checkpoint locations in San Rafael will yield the most arrests, sobriety tests, tows and citations.

In the past year, San Rafael police have DUI checkpoints in the Canal, Terra Linda and West End neighborhoods, all yielding very low drunken driving arrests.

Of the three checkpoints held in the Canal neighborhood, only one was arrested for DUI, according to the San Rafael Police Department's archive. On the border of San Rafael and San Anselmo, four were arrested for DUI, the largest number for the entire year. The Terra Linda checkpoint on Manuel T Freitas Parkway and Las Gallinas Avenue had the highest rate of field sobriety tests at 2.6 percent.

DUI checkpoint locations are selected after an analysis of traffic collision data that indicates a high percentage of DUI-involved collisions in the area, according to police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher. The data included in the map above does not include the police department's satruation patrols, where officers roam the streets looking for drunken drivers instead of setting up a stationary checkpoint.

In mid-2012, the California Office of Traffic Safety awarded a $200,000 grant to the San Rafael Police Department that focuses on those who get behind the wheel after drinking too much or using drugs that impair driving.

In addition to multi-agency DUI task force deployments and local saturation patrols, a large part of grant funding will go to the checkpoints, which will be highly visible and highly publicized events meant to make arrests and prevent impaired driving in the first place.

Crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough, Rorhbacher told Patch.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.

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Roger January 14, 2013 at 07:14 PM
I was under the impression that DUI checkpoints always yielded many more tickets and arrests for other matters such as driving on suspended, no registration or insurance, or outstanding tickets/warrants. I would like Ms Ely to post these stats. If the police receive a grant to conduct DUI checks and net income from other matters it sounds like a good 2-fer double dip.
Nicole Ely January 14, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Hey Roger, If you click on points of the map, there should be a list of stats regarding tows, tickets and everything else the police department provided. Let me know if you can't see it.
Michael January 14, 2013 at 10:00 PM
based on the stats from each checkpoint it seems we have a much larger problem with unlicensed drivers or those driving under a suspended license than we do with DUI drivers. I also understand that unlicensed drivers are responsible for a significantly higher number of accidents statistically. Might be an interesting follow up story to tell us what exactly happens (or does not happen) to someone who gets caught driving who is not a licensed driver. What is the process for arresting them, booking them, how do the courts treat them etc. Just an idea.
Anthony January 14, 2013 at 11:38 PM
I just read an article the other day about Unlicensed Drivers being the most dangerous on the road. So why do we just give them a ticket and let them move on? How many of them are here illegally? Oh yeah, we can't find that out thanks to Marin County!
Roger January 15, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Why so many unlicensed drivers? Good question. I believe one significant factor is the high price of traffic tickets, especially red light camera tickets - now $490.00. I talk to many who have ignored them until DMV puts a hold on their license. I am sure there are many who may cancel their auto insurance to come up with the money to pay the fine. Some Bay Area cities issue more camera tickets than all other tickets combined. Fremont, Newark, Hayward which have high numbers of tickets in relation to traffic enforcement officers. Interesting story idea.

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