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San Rafael Police Department

San Rafael Police Department

For Immediate Release

Author: Sergeant Justin Graham
Date: August 16, 2022 1:00 PM

SRPD Encourages Our Community to Choose a Sober Way to Travel

San Rafael, CA – As the summer travel season wraps up, the San Rafael Police Department reminds drivers to be responsible and never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

“Whether traveling locally or taking a longer road trip to see friends and family, please have a game plan for how to get home safely,” Sergeant Justin Graham said. “There is never a good excuse for driving after drinking or using drugs that impair.”

SRPD asks residents to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your family by buckling up, avoiding distractions behind the wheel, following the speed limit, and not driving impaired.

To help keep our community safe, the San Rafael Police Department will have additional officers on patrol from August 17 through Labor Day, September 5, looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The additional efforts to prevent impaired driving are part of a national enforcement campaign, Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Additionally, SRPD will have extra officers conducting saturation traffic enforcement operations targeting speeders, distracted driving, pedestrian violations, red light violations, and other safety violations.  

In 2020, 1,159 people were killed throughout the state in drunk driving-related crashes, which accounted for 30 percent of all traffic deaths. 

While drunk driving is a significant traffic safety problem, driving while impaired is not just from alcohol. Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and marijuana may also impair. If you plan on drinking or taking medications with a driving warning label, let someone who is sober drive. If you see someone driving impaired, 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. 

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call San Rafael Police at (415) 485-3000. Tips can also be made online at http://www.srpd.org/tips.




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Posted: August 16, 2022 12:53 PDT by Sergeant Justin Graham

Updated: August 16, 2022 1:01 PDT by Justin Graham

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