Sonoma County police officers for 19 days will be cracking down on DUI drivers.

The county’s Avoid the 13 anti-DUI task force will begin its annual, stepped-up Christmas-New Year’s enforcement on Friday, with a DUI/license checkpoint at an undisclosed location. The checkpoint will be one of four the task force will hold during its winter campaign, which ends Jan. 1.

“Lots of folks will be out during this busy holiday season, enjoying themselves and the holiday festivities, and we want everyone to be safe on our roadways,”Petaluma Police Chief Patrick Williams said in a statement.  “That’s why we will be stepping up enforcement to catch and arrest impaired drivers.  Please be forewarned.  If you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.”

The extra enforcement, which involves all of the county’s police agencies and is supervised by Petaluma Police Sgt. Ken Savano, also will include extra officers on patrol looking specifically for DUIs and officers serving warrants on DUI suspects and conducting probation checks.


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  1. Safedriver

    My gosh, get out the whips, another “CRACKDOWN” Does this not imply this must be following a period of permissiveness? Should not the CHP and all law enforcement be consistently and diligently enforcing DUI and all traffic laws?
    I don’t need to drive much these days but when I do drive it’s only a matter of minutes before I see one violation after another and it is disturbing.
    Law enforcement would do well to remember it is our tax dollars that ultimately pay their salary. They need to stop beating people up as seen on TV and You-tube and get busy on the day-to-day traffic violations.

    December 13th, 2012 10:19 am

  2. Civil Rights Upholder

    Sonoma County officers have been cracking down on DUIs for about four years now. No wonder burglaries in Petaluma have steadily increased. Oh thats right, they dont get paid overtime for this type of police work.

    December 13th, 2012 12:34 pm

  3. bradpipal

    The increased census of Sonoma County requires massive checkpoints to control the impaired drivers.
    During the holidays, three to five out of ten on p.m.’s and weekends maybe H.B.D.’s.
    Not acceptable what-so-ever.
    Today’s dangerously high accident and severe injury census requires more checkpoints.
    Be prepared. Carry flares, first aid kit, blanket, water.

    December 13th, 2012 6:49 pm

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