Watch out for three DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints tonight in Sonoma County – one between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. in Santa Rosa and two between 5 p.m. and 3 a.m. in Petaluma. Both are at undisclosed locations.

Officers will look  for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment and check drivers for proper licensing. Fines for those caught driving while impaired can expect fines and fees of more than $10,000, according to Santa Rosa Police officials.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

In 2011, more than 774 people were killed in California in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher. “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 2 lives and resulted in 122 injury crashes harming 147 of our friends and neighbors,” said Santa Rosa Sgt. Mike Numainville.

Funding for these checkpoints comes from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge closures

The Bay Bridge will be closed from 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, until 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, while its new east span is opened, replacing the original span. Caltrans urges motorists to choose an alternate route and allow extra travel time during that period.

More details and detour routes are available at baybridgeinfo.org or 511.org.

Car seat inspections in Rohnert Park

The California Highway Patrol will assess the safety of car seats for children on Wednesday. Car seat technicians will inspect car seats to ensure that they are properly installed and have not been recalled or expired.

Call 588-1400 for an appointment between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the CHP office at 6100 Labath Ave., Rohnert Park.  Drive ups also are welcome.

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  1. Sarah Scott

    Ironic that people don’t know where the front end of the car actually is in reference to the road. On the one hand, they leave unusually long distance from the car to the line at a stop signal; but, on the other hand, follow too closely when the car is actually moving!!!!

    August 26th, 2013 11:34 am

  2. G

    I love these DUI check points. Read todays PD, 8/26/2013, editorial about the retired cop who claims they are an infringement of our rights. Our rights to do what, kill someone?!

    Keep up the great work and keep the DUI check points!

    August 26th, 2013 5:50 pm

  3. G

    If you are unable to see the front license plate of a vehicle behind you, they’re too close. If you’re unable to see the rear license plate of a vehicle in front of you, you’re too close.

    When at a stop, and a vehicle is in front of you, leave at least 20 feet between you and the other vehicle. This way if the vehicle in front has mechanical issues you can go around without having to back up and or into the vehicle behind you.

    August 26th, 2013 9:23 pm

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