The San Rafael Police Department has received a $175,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, which will be used to conduct DUI checkpoints across the county through the Avoid the 13 DUI Taskforce.

Now in its 13th year, the taskforce is spearheaded by San Rafael police and utilizes 13 different law enforcement agencies in the county. Law enforcement agencies county-wide will be jointly staffing DUI/driver’s license checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols, among other things.

Funding will also target repeat DUI offenders with court sting enforcement operations focusing on DUI offenders who drive away from court hearings on suspended licenses, having been told not to by a judge.

Highly visible and highly publicized DUI/driver’s license checkpoints will be the main use of the grant money. These checkpoints are not only meant to make arrests, but also to deter impaired driving.

Special DUI campaigns can be expected during summer and winter holiday periods, as well as Halloween, Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, and other local special events that may have identified DUI problems.

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