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Mailbag: What’s a STAR smog test? Bicyclists must follow rules of the road

We've had several readers write in asking what the new STAR smog test program is. Here's an answer: The state Bureau of Automotive Repair on Jan. 1 changed its smog test program by eliminating Gold Shield smog-check stations, which generally handled potentially high polluting vehicles, and creating STAR test stations, [...]

By | January 11th, 2013|7 Comments

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 [...]

By | December 12th, 2012|3 Comments

Petaluma gets $600,000 in traffic enforcement grants

More than $600,000 in state traffic enforcement grants have been awarded recently to Petaluma police for a range of operations, including Sonoma County’s Avoid the 13 anti-DUI Task Force. Here are quick looks at each grant: –The biggest is $300,000 for a variety of traffic safety crackdowns by Petaluma police. [...]

By | November 19th, 2012|7 Comments

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 [...]

By | August 30th, 2012|7 Comments

Five-peat for Petaluma police

It's a five-peat for Petaluma police. For the fifth year in a row, the department was honored by the California Law Enforcement Challenge  for having the best  program of cracking down on impaired drivers among the state's police departments. (When it comes to five-peats, the New York Yankees [...]

By | August 12th, 2012|3 Comments

Motorcycle crackdown Tuesday in Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa police on Tuesday plan to conduct one of its regular extra enforcement operations targeting motorcycle safety. The city's traffic officers will be looking for violations involving motorcyclists as well as drivers of cars and trucks whose actions endanger motorcyclists. A similar operation Saturday by Petaluma police, which included [...]

By | July 9th, 2012|7 Comments

Petaluma DUI/license checkpoints Friday night

Petaluma police plan two DUI/driver's license checkpoints Friday night. Officers likely will set up one checkpoint in the evening and then at some point Friday night move the checkpoint to another part of the city. Police declined to disclose where the checkpoints will be. Funding for the operations comes from [...]

By | June 7th, 2012|0 Comments

Sonoma County’s top cop in DUI arrests

If you're drinking and driving, Dan Hackett is looking for you. If he finds you, you're going to jail. The 34-year-old Santa Rosa police officer was No. 1 last year among Sonoma County officers in the number of DUI arrests with 112. Hackett and 41 other officers from [...]

By | June 4th, 2012|8 Comments

Petaluma police target worst intersection

Petaluma police officers on Friday will be hanging out  at Lakeville Street and East Washington Street, looking for traffic violators because that intersection is the city's worst when it comes to the number of collisions. Last year, 10 collisions occurred there. So far this year, three have. Of those 13 [...]

By | May 17th, 2012|0 Comments

57,000 cellphone tickets issued in April crackdown

The tally is in from April's statewide Distracted Driving Awareness Month crackdown, and police throughout California wrote more than 57,000 tickets to drivers for using a hand-held cellphone or texting, according to the state Office of Traffic Safety. Of those, the CHP issued about 30,000 statewide, including about 5,900 in [...]

By | May 16th, 2012|8 Comments