Santa Rosa police on Saturday  night plan a DUI/license checkpoint.

As is usual, police aren’t saying where, but it’ll be from 8 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday. In the past, Santa Rosa’s checkpoints usually have been scheduled to end at 1 a.m., so this one is unusually extra long. Police couldn’t be reached to explain why.

The checkpoint is funded by a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

UPDATE: Rohnert Park police Sgt. Aaron Johnson called to say that it’s likely that Santa Rosa police extended the checkpoint hours to cover the time after bars close at 2 a.m. He said Rohnert Park is planning a DUI checkpoint next Friday and it’ll also run until 3 a.m.

Johnson said while the checkpoints don’t net many DUI arrests, they do serve as a great deterrence because word spreads about the checkpoints and that makes people think twice about drinking and driving. He noted that a typical Rohnert Park checkpoint screens about 2,000 drivers. If each car has a passenger, that’s 4,000 people who likely will tell friends about going through the checkpoint, he said.


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