Santa Rosa police plan a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint Saturday night.

The checkpoint will run from 8 p.m. Saturday until 3 a.m. Sunday — the bars close at 2. The location wasn’t revealed.

It is one of eight checkpoints Santa Rosa police are holding under a grant issued last fall from the state Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

While checkpoints themselves don’t yield that many DUI arrests, usually two or three, local police agencies say the publicity of the checkpoints reduces DUI crashes. Basically, people who might drink and drive don’t because they’re afraid of being arrested at a checkpoint.


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  1. Nick

    Will the officers be payed overtime to stand around or just pulled from their regular patrol duty.

    January 25th, 2013 11:53 am

  2. Jim Beam

    or… the more likely scenario is a lame excuse as to why they don’t catch very many drivers compared to the monster use of resources better used elsewhere . Drunk drivers tend not to worry about things like DUI checkpoints until they see the checkpoint right in front of them.

    January 25th, 2013 2:57 pm

  3. Road.Warrior

    To Nick: SRPD Sgt. Rich Celli has said the officers will be on OT.

    January 25th, 2013 3:54 pm

  4. Joel

    Does the timing of this checkpoint seem odd to anyone else? They’ve chosen the one weekend that doesn’t have a major sports event (and therefore daytime beer-drinking) to hold a checkpoint. Why not Superbowl Sunday?

    This one seems purposefully timed to not catch anyone at all and earn a lot of OT $ for the PD.

    January 26th, 2013 10:25 am

  5. I like wine

    As always they NEVER EVER will put one of these where it might do some good. How about near a winery….maybe down Hwy 12 on a sunny spring Sunday afternoon? No, we could never put one there, no one ever is driving drunk at that time on that road.

    January 26th, 2013 4:44 pm

  6. Me

    2-3 DUIs..? No. Theyll get one if any. I hope u enjoy your police state. Its all about money not safety, dont fool yourself. Wait til u go out to dinner have 2 drinks in 2 hours and still get a dui.

    January 28th, 2013 5:46 am

  7. Dave T

    “sailing on a ship of fools”

    Look, first, does anybody read? These are funded by grants from the state and outside agencies, so the the OT incurred does not come from a local budget.

    Second, it is a dui and license checkpoint. If you have nothing to fear, then who truly cares where and when they take place. Just be glad they do take place. They provide some (key word some) pause to those who would maybe go out and “tie one on” and get behind the wheel. Not going to stop all, but hopefully some will think twice.

    Third, if you think that there not increased patrols and awareness on days like Superbowl Sunday, wine events days and the like, then you are truly fooling yourself. They simply do not announce it.

    At the end of the day, be responsible, be smart and be conscious of your fellow man and you should not have any issues.

    January 29th, 2013 12:25 pm

  8. John G

    “Look, first, does anybody read? These are funded by grants from the state and outside agencies, so the the OT incurred does not come from a local budget.”

    It comes from taxpayers. Many of us are taxpayers. All of us should care.

    “If you have nothing to fear…”

    Spoken like a true sheep.

    Personally I think they need to jail anyone caught doing anything other than driving when behind the wheel. No texting, emailing, surfing, eating, reaching for stuff, nothing. Most (2/3) fatal accidents are caused by inattentive drivers doing something stupid.

    January 31st, 2013 5:30 am

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