X


Banner Image

National Night Out 2021

On Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021, neighborhoods throughout San Rafael are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “38th Annual National Night Out”.

Read More...

San Rafael Police Department

San Rafael Police Department

For Immediate Release

Author: Sergeant Justin Graham #494
Date: July 01, 2021 11:00 AM

Slow Down, Drive Sober and Stay Safe This Independence Day Weekend

San Rafael, CA – Independence Day will be a three-day weekend this year, and the San Rafael Police Department reminds people eager to get together with friends and family to enjoy the holiday responsibly.

SRPD will have additional officers on patrol and will be conducting a DUI checkpoint over the 4th of July weekend looking for drivers suspected of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.  The DUI Checkpoint is scheduled for Friday, July 2nd, and will run from 6:00 PM to 1:00 AM.

“Follow the speed limit, designate a sober driver and be thoughtful of others on the road also going to visit family and friends this weekend,” Police Chief David C. Spiller said. “Help make the Independence Day holiday safer for everyone by being calm, courteous, and patient when traveling.”

According to AAA Southern California, travel volumes in the state are expected to be above pre-pandemic levels (2020) and 46.1% higher compared to last July 4, so patience will be key. Allow extra time to get to your destination.

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), 36 people were killed in collisions during the Fourth of July Maximum Enforcement Period from July 3 to July 7 last year. CHP officers also arrested more than 1,300 drivers on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

The San Rafael Police Department reminds the public that alcohol is not the only thing that impairs your ability to drive safely. Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and marijuana may also impair. Do your research and understand how a drug affects you before deciding whether you are OK to drive.

If you are celebrating or playing host, offer nonalcoholic drinks for designated sober drivers and monitor who is drinking. If you see people leaving who have been drinking, check on how they are getting home. If you see someone who appears impaired or driving recklessly, call 9-1-1.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.




# # #

Posted: July 01, 2021 10:52 PDT by Sergeant Justin Graham #494

Updated: July 01, 2021 11:02 PDT by Justin Graham

MORE NEWS

Shooting Kills Two, Injures Four

Suspects Arrested for Attempted Murder

National Night Out - August 3rd, 2021

3 Arrested and 12 Cited at San Rafael Fourth of July Weekend DUI Checkpoint

Slow Down, Drive Sober and Stay Safe This Independence Day Weekend