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Hwy 12 news: Extra enforcement at Fulton Road and Farmers Lane work

On either ends of Santa Rosa, Highway 12 will be in the spotlight this week. Santa Rosa police will be monitoring one of the city’s most collision-prone intersections, Fulton Road at Highway 12, which  last year was tied for sixth place with 7 collisions. As part of a weekly Monday through Friday special enforcement program, Officer Jeff Adams says officers particularly will be looking for drivers not wearing seat belts, who are illegally using cellphones, are speeding, running red lights or… Read More »

Mendocino at Steele gets extra police attention

This week, Santa Rosa police are monitoring one of the city’s most collision-prone intersections, Mendocino Avenue at Steele Lane, which  last year was tied for sixth place with 7 collisions. As part of a weekly Monday through Friday special enforcement program, Officer Jeff Adams says officers particularly will be looking for drivers not wearing seat belts, who are illegally using cellphones, are speeding, running red lights or committing lane violations. Each week, the officers pick one of the city’s top 25… Read More »

Petaluma highway work begins and other cone zones

Here’s the latest information about road construction projects and lane closures throughout Sonoma County during the week of April 8-12, with Highway 101 closures in Petaluma, Santa Rosa’s “extra attention” intersection and a roundup of CalTrans projects throughout the North Coast. Petaluma The biggest news this week is the start of a new phase of Highway 101 construction on the Sonoma-Marin Narrows project, which brings evening lane closures between Washington Street and Petaluma Boulevard South as the highway is widened… Read More »

Traffic safety awards for local police

Three Sonoma County police departments were honored recently by the state for their overall traffic safety programs and enforcement of traffic laws last year. Petaluma police received first place among those departments with 51 to 60 officers, Santa Rosa earned second place among the 165 to 250 officer group and Sebastopol was second place among departments of 1 to 18 officers. Petaluma also received a special award for the best impaired driving enforcement and education program in the state, an… Read More »

Motorcycle crackdown today in Santa Rosa

Ride a motorcycle? Better be on your best behavior today. Santa Rosa police today are cracking down on traffic violations that could led to motorcycle collisions. Extra officers will patrol city streets frequently used by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes have occurred and will ticket motorcyclists and other drivers, Sgt. Rich Celli said in a statement. He said motorcyclist deaths in California have jumped 175 percent in 11 years, from 204 in 1998 to 560 in 2008. Last year, 48… Read More »

Santa Rosa police crack down on violators

Santa Rosa motorcycle police officers will be keeping an eye out Monday through Sunday for traffic violators at Cleveland and College avenues — tied for the eighth most dangerous intersection in the city with seven collisions in 2009. Officer Jeff Adams said in a news release that officers particularly will be looking for drivers who run the red lights there, not wearing seat belts, not going hands free in cell phone use, speeding and lane violations. For a previous story… Read More »

This week’s dangerous intersection in Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa motorcycle police officers will be keeping an eye out this week for traffic violators at Guerneville Road at Fulton Road — one of five intersections tied as the fifth most dangerous with 10 collisions in 2009. Officer Jeff Adams said in a news release that officers particularly will be looking for drivers who run the red lights there, not wearing seat belts, not going hands free in cell phone use, speeding and lane violations. For a previous story… Read More »

Santa Rosa bike/pedestrian program wins award

Santa Rosa’s bicycle/pedestrian safety program was honored this month by the state for excellence. Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Doug Schlief, coordinator for the program, said the Police Department conducts a variety of education and outreach efforts on bicycle and pedestrian safety, such as bike rodeos, pedestrian safety talks for senior citizens, safety presentations at schools, free bike helmets for children in some cases and information booths at the Tour of California and GranFondo bike races. He said the program, which… Read More »