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Enforcement alert: DUI crackdown, Petaluma school zones, Santa Rosa intersection of the week

Roads get dangerous this time of year as travelers pack in one last vacation before Labor Day and students return to school. As the number of cars climbs, so does the number of traffic accidents, says Petaluma Traffic Sergeant Ken Savano. August and September are two of the top five months for collisions. That’s why Petaluma police will be out in force during the next two weeks, first as part of a multi-agency DUI crackdown and then, starting  Aug. 20,… Read More »

DUI checkpoint in Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa police on Saturday plan to hold a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint. The location wasn’t disclosed, but the checkpoint will be 8 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday. 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… Read More »

DUI checkpoint Saturday in Santa Rosa

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… Read More »

DUI/license checkpoint in Rohnert Park

Rohnert Park police plan a DUI/license checkpoint on Friday night. The location isn’t being disclosed, but it’ll run from 6 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday. It’s one of three checkpoints Rohnert Park plans in upcoming months. Sgt. Aaron Johnson says while checkpoints don’t yield many DUI arrests, they serve as a strong deterrence because word spreads about the checkpoints and that makes people reconsider any plans to drink and drive. He notes  a typical Rohnert Park checkpoint screens about… Read More »

DUI/license checkpoint this weekend in Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa police on Saturday  night plan a DUI/license checkpoint. As is usual, police aren’t saying where, but it’ll be from 8 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday. In the past, Santa Rosa’s checkpoints usually have been scheduled to end at 1 a.m., so this one is unusually extra long. Police couldn’t be reached to explain why. The checkpoint is funded by a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. UPDATE: Rohnert… Read More »

19-day Sonoma County crackdown on DUIs to get under way

Sonoma County police officers for 19 days will be cracking down on DUI drivers. The county’s Avoid the 13 anti-DUI task force will begin its annual, stepped-up Christmas-New Year’s enforcement on Friday, with a DUI/license checkpoint at an undisclosed location. The checkpoint will be one of four the task force will hold during its winter campaign, which ends Jan. 1. “Lots of folks will be out during this busy holiday season, enjoying themselves and the holiday festivities, and we want… Read More »

DUI/license checkpoint Friday night in Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa police will hold a DUI/license checkpoint on Friday night — the 11th in about the past year. As in the past, police wouldn’t say where the checkpoint will be. But they did say it would be 7 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday. The checkpoint is funded by a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Friday’s checkpoint is the 11th since the grant was issued last October. ———- Follow… Read More »

DUI checkpoint Friday night in Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa police will hold a DUI/license checkpoint on Friday night — the 10th in about the past year. As in the past, police wouldn’t say where the checkpoint will be. But they did say it would be 7 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday. The checkpoint is funded by a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Sgt. Lance Badger said Friday’s checkpoint is the 10th since the grant was issued… Read More »

3 DUI/license checkpoints this weekend

Police in Sonoma County plan three DUI/license checkpoints this weekend. Santa Rosa officers will run a checkpoint from 7 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday at a location police won’t disclose. The Avoid the 13 Sonoma County DUI Task Force, in which all county police agencies participate, will hold two checkpoints, also at undisclosed locations. But odds are good that at least one of them will be in Petaluma because Petaluma police coordinate the task force. Petaluma Police Sgt. Ken… Read More »

18-day DUI crackdown under way in Sonoma County

Sonoma County police agencies on Friday launch an 18-day campaign to crack down on drunken drivers. The county’s Avoid the 13 task force, which includes all police agencies in the county, will hold DUI/license checkpoints, conduct DUI warrant sweeps and DUI probation checks and send out officers on patrols looking for DUIs. The campaign is part of a national police effort against drunken driving, and similar local and national efforts are held several times a year around major holidays. As… Read More »