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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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