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Novato Police, CA
Saturday December 29th, 2018 :: 08:00 a.m. PST


Results of OTS DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint

FINAL_OTS_DUID_Logo_V2_5-17-01 (002)FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                      December 29th, 2018
Contact:  Sgt. N. Frey, Novato Police Department
DUI Checkpoint Nets 1 Arrests
Novato, CA –  
On December 28th, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 00:00 a.m., the Novato Police Department conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on westbound Rowland Blvd. at Leafwood Dr., in Novato, resulting in the following:
998 Vehicles Screened
0 DUI-Alcohol suspects arrested
0 DUI-Drug impaired suspects arrested
9 Drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked
12Citations issued
Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.   
In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes.  The Novato Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.”  If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI.  Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.
The Novato Police Department offers these reminders to ensure a fun night doesn’t get spoiled with a DUI:

  • Decide before you go out whether you plan to drink or drive. You can’t do both.
  • If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver before going out, or map out another way to get home safely by taking a cab, ride-share service like Uber or Lyft, or using public transportation.
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, call 911. Offer a description of the vehicle, location and direction of travel
  • See your friend or other patron impaired trying to get behind the wheel? Take the keys or help them make other arrangements to get where they are going safely.
Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be approximately $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.
The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Novato Police, CA
909 Machin Ave
Novato, CA 94945

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