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DUI checkpoint in Santa Rosa

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… Read More »

Survey: 14% of drivers test positive for drugs

That impaired driver you see on the road may be on drugs rather than drunk, a state survey shows. More than 1,300 drivers voluntarily provided breath and/or saliva samples at roadside locations last summer in nine cities around the state between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays — the peak times of impaired driving. The state Office of Traffic Safety said tests of those samples showed that 14 percent of the drivers tested positive for illegal and/or… Read More »

New car safety law affects children age 6 to 8 and older

A state law takes effect Sunday, Jan. 1, toughening car safety rules for children. Children under age 8 will be required to be ride in a child car seat or booster seat placed in the back seat. Children age 8 or even older who are not tall enough for a car’s seat belt to fit properly must ride in a child car seat or booster seat. Until Sunday, the law requires children remain in a booster seat until age 6… Read More »

It’s ‘Click it or ticket’ time

This week and next week, police around the state are taking a zero tolerance enforcement of the seat belt law for drivers and passengers as part of the Click It Or Ticket campaign. More than 140 agencies are participating, with many, including the CHP, having extra officers on the streets. The state Office of Traffic Safety said nighttime riders are among those least likely to buckle up and most likely to die in crashes. In California in 2009, the number… Read More »