I must apologize for not getting the word out sooner about a few DUI checkpoints that I didn’t get wind of until today. The first was in Novato. As far as I can tell their sobriety checkpoint was not publicized beforehand. It was set up at the 1000 block of Sunset Parkway. They reportedly screened 228 driver and nabbed two suspected drunk drivers. It lasted from 7:00 p.m. on Friday to 2:00 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day morning.
The other sobriety checkpoint action I missed was in San Mateo County’s Redwood City. Apparently they set up “roving” DUI checkpoints at four undisclosed locations. The locations were chosen for their likelihood of seeing impaired drivers. It lasted from 6:00 p.m. Saturday night to 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning.
On the bright side of DUI prevention, The Northern California AAA service conducted their regular “Tipsy Tow” service. From 6:00 p.m. Saturday night until 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning anyone concerned about themselves or anyone else could call for a free tow home. AAA would tow your car for free up to 10 miles. Of course, you were allowed to ride in the front. The only explanation needed for this service was the words “I need a Tipsy Tow” when calling (800) AAA-HELP. We should all applaud AAA for offering this incredibly generous public service. Who knows how many lives have been saved by them towing tipsy drivers home. I would be interested to know how many people actually take advantage of this service. Look out for it again on popular party nights, such as Cinco de Mayo and the Fourth of July.
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