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Marin Police Plan DUI Crackdown Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Agencies across the county are set to deploy extra officers on "DUI Saturation Patrols" from Wednesday evening through Sunday night.

Got a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday weekend?

Don't change all that by getting behind the wheel after drinking.

That's the message from the Avoid 13 Marin County DUI Taskforce, a coalition of law enforcement agencies that regularly step up their DUI patrols around major holidays.

They'll be doing so again this Thanksgiving weekend "to strongly enforce DUI and seat belt laws," task force officials said in a statement.

“Too many people are not getting the message, so we’ll be out in force during this long travel weekend, with a simple goal— to strictly enforce the law in order to save more lives,” said San Rafael Police Chief Diana Bishop. “If you are caught driving impaired, unsafely, or found not wearing your seat belt you will be stopped, and you will be arrested orcited.”

During the 2010 Thanksgiving holiday, 337 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationwide, with 174 people dying in a DUI crash. In California, 30 individuals lost their lives on the road and two of those lost were due to a drunk driver, task force officials said. Nationwide, nearly 40 percent of all fatal collisions are caused by an impaired driver.

The Avoid the13 Marin County DUI Task Force will be deploying additional officers on "DUI Saturation Patrols" supplementing routine patrols throughout Marin. The extra patrols will deploy from 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21 through midnight Sunday, Nov. 25.

To keep safe this Thanksgiving safe, the Avoid the 13 Coalition recommends these simple tips:

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
  • If you are taking medication or using drugs; beware! They can impair your driving, and especiallynever mix with alcohol.
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver, and leave your car keys at home.
  • If you’re impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportationso you are sure to get home safely.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, Call 911!
tony masi November 21, 2012 at 02:18 PM
The "Avoid the 13 Coalition" sounds like some radically superstitious action group. What does the "13" refer to? I can't find an answer online.
tess November 21, 2012 at 05:11 PM
13 police departments in the county.
Jim Welte November 21, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Tony I believe it is the 13 law enforcement agencies that are represented in the coalition.
tony masi November 21, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Thanks tess & Jim. It makes more sense now. But still, the name of the taskforce sends a strange message. It seems to emphasize avoiding the police (which is still excellent advice) rather than not breaking the law. Hey! And speaking of synchronicity, I just picked up a copy of "1984" for a much overdue re-read, and read the first and last sentences of the book. This has nothing to do with DUI enforcement, but the number "13" is mentioned, and I will shamelessly exploit any opportunity to promote reading George Orwell, so here you have it: "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." ..... "He loved Big Brother." Wishing all a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
Sven November 21, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Any reports on what was happening at the theatre on Rowland yesterday? Man and woman raising holy hell (with their kids in tow) to the point the theatre called the police. Nasty show for all the kids on Thanksgiving break.
David P. November 22, 2012 at 02:22 AM
I was there with my kids - the couple made a spectacle of themselves with the staff and then police, all in front of their kids!
Jerry November 22, 2012 at 06:29 AM
It's the 11 Marin Cities plus the Sheriff's Office and the CHP. Wish'm luck so we don't have any more DUI crashes this month --- something to be really thankful for.

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