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Santa Rosa Police Department Traffic Unit officers will conduct a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint in Santa Rosa between 8 p.m. Saturday, March 16, and 3 a.m. Sunday, March 17, according to Sgt. Mike Numainville. The location hasn’t been disclosed.

Officers will be check drivers for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment and for proper licensing. Those caught driving while impaired can be jailed, have their licenses suspended and be faced with fines and fees that can exceed $10,000.

“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed two lives and resulted in 122 injury crashes harming 147 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Mike Numainville in a release issued Thursday.

“DUI Checkpoints have been an essential part of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that we witnessed since 2006 inCalifornia,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety.  “But since the tragedy of DUI accounts for nearly one third of traffic fatalities, Santa Rosa needs the high visibility enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide.”

Consider yourselves warned.

 

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  1. Anthony Angry

    Violation of 4th Amendment Again Planned for Sheeple in Santa Rosa

    March 15th, 2013 8:30 am

  2. noname

    If you are stopped by one of these checkpoints just say “am I free to go?” You cannot be detained without probable cause. Just keep repeating “am I free to go?”

    DO NOT ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS!

    If they ask “how much did you have to drink” or anything like that just say “sorry I don’t answer questions”. You have the right to remain silent – USE IT.

    March 19th, 2013 10:36 am

  3. timot28

    If I recall, an exception to the Constitution’s requirement of a reasonable cause before stopping someone, was granted to the law enforcement because driving under the influence was considered a sufficient enough threat to society so as to warrant this intrusion on our first amendment rights. The stops must be based on a predetermined formula of x stops per x number of cars; and not subject to the whim, hunch or personal profiling by an officer based on the condition of the car, or the age, race etc. of its occupants. Sobriety can be determined quickly with a couple of words, a look in the eyes of the driver and a quick whiff for odor, and should take no more than a few seconds. Going beyond that; checking drivers licenses or car registration or looking for other infractions that don’t affect the operator’s ability to soberly operate the vehicle is not allowed under the authority granted by the courts and is an actionable violation of our civil rights.

    March 27th, 2013 10:29 pm

  4. Michael Li

    As an attorney who currently operates out of a central office in Santa Rosa, after practicing law in other locations, I can tell you that the police in Santa Rosa are very big on DUI conviction and seem to operate these checkpoints here more frequently than other areas of Sonoma County. Many of the clients I have represented who were facing DUI charges in Santa Rosa had received the DUI at one of these checkpoints. So I can attest to the frequency and effectiveness of these DUI checkpoints, and I implore ALL drivers to observe the law and not get behind the wheel if you are impaired. It will definitely end up costing you a lot of money, a lot of time, and potentially even your drivers license, your job, or your freedom. Its just not worth it and in Santa Rosa, don’t expect to get away with it; especially with checkpoints like these in place on a very regular basis. Keep in mind that arresting a person at a DUI checkpoint equates to a paycheck for the traffic officers making the arrests at the checkpoints, so they are not going to let anyone slip through the cracks. Be smart and be safe and you don’t have to worry.

    April 17th, 2013 4:00 pm

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