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Feds: Get tougher with convicted drunken drivers

Here’s an interesting story from the Associated Press on one way the federal government wants states, including California, to deal with convicted drunken drivers.   By JOAN LOWY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Every state should require all convicted drunken drivers, including first-time offenders, to use devices that prevent them from starting a car’s engine if their breath tests positive for alcohol, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday. The ignition interlock devices — already required for all convicted drunken… Read More »

Fewest collisions in Petaluma in 25 years

Petaluma last year recorded the fewest collisions since the Police Department began keeping track in 1986. The department’s annual traffic report, issued by Sgt. Ken Savano, showed 633 collisions occurred in 2010, down from the 748 in 2009 and down from the yearly average of almost 1,000 five years ago. In 1986, the city had 1,193 collisions. The peak year was 1990 with 1,302 collision. Savano, in the report, traced the drop to traffic enforcement, “effective” traffic engineering and a… Read More »