Marin DUI Task Force Announces Crack Down During Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

By Bay City News Service:

 Law enforcement officers in Marin County will be cracking down on drunken driving around the Cinco de Mayo holiday a week from Monday to stop impaired drivers, San Rafael police announce.

The county's Avoid the 13 Task Force will be begin its DUI patrols in anticipation of the annual commemoration with a DUI and driver's license checkpoint this Friday in San Rafael from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher said.

The task force, made up of a coalition of 10 policing agencies in Marin County, will then deploy DUI saturation patrols throughout the weekend with special emphasis on Cinco de Mayo, May 3, Rohrbacher said.

Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican heritage celebratory event that often includes alcohol use by revelers, is one of the most dangerous days of the year for accidents caused by drunken driving, according to San Rafael police Lt. Alan Piombo.

The number of people killed in DUI collisions on Cinco de Mayo in the United States more than doubled from 2011 to 2012, and 71 percent of the drunken drivers in 2012 had blood-alcohol levels that measured .15 or more,  nearly twice the legal limit in California, Piombo said.

The law enforcement agencies to be taking part in the DUI crackdown include the San Rafael, Mill Valley, Novato, Tiburon, Belvedere, Fairfax and Sausalito police departments, the Marin County Sheriff's Office, Marin Community College Police and the Ross Department of Public Safety.

Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr May 01, 2014 at 08:04 PM
Politically correct Dartmouth University has decreed that associating the 5th of May with the consumption of alcoholic beverages is racist, so all Marin law enforcement should be put in political correctness jail at least until all of the DUI drivers have had an opportunity to kill a few innocent people.
Hopkin May 02, 2014 at 03:29 AM
Hopkin May 02, 2014 at 09:26 AM
Jerome, I got pulled over last year driving home from Fernando's restaurant on Cinco de Mayo (its last night open, I believe) in my Ford Fiesta. I almost got a ticket - not for DUI, but for being racist. I told the officer "No, this could not be a true, I am a Dartmouth alumnus". He agreed and let me go with a warning. After such a close call, I sold that car and now I walk to Brown's and the Viking.
Hopkin May 02, 2014 at 09:29 AM
But not on Cinco de Mayo. http://novato.patch.com/groups/san-rafael-act/p/cinco-de-mayo-is-a-cultural-celebration-not-a-reason-to-drink1366488673
Hopkin May 03, 2014 at 07:11 AM
Jerome, don't forget that we have a dress code in this country! http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_25684184/cinco-de-mayo-t-shirt-uproar-anxiety-anticipation


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