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Highway 12 intersection gets extra police attention

This week, Santa Rosa police are monitoring one of the city’s most collision-prone intersections, Highway 12 at Jack London Drive, 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… Read More »

Mailbag: ‘Children’ in crosswalks, annoying blue headlights and emergency vehicles without sirens

How do you define “children” in school zones? Are those harsh blue headlights legal? When must emergency vehicles use their sirens? The answers to these reader questions follow. When are “children” present? I frequently drive Fulton Road past Piner High School. There is signage that says it’s a 25 mph zone when “Children Are Present.” My question is, since most upper class high school students are adult sized, how can you tell when children are present as opposed to ordinary… Read More »

Traffic patrols at West Third and Stony Point

This week, Santa Rosa police are monitoring one of the city’s most collision-prone intersections, West Third Avenue at Stony Point Road, which  last year was tied for fourth place with 9 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… Read More »

SRJC intersection getting extra scrutiny from SRPD

Santa Rosa police this coming week will monitor one of the city’s most collision-prone intersections — Mendocino Avenue at Pacific Avenue, near SRJC, which  last year was tied for third with 10 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… 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 »

Fountaingrove intersection getting extra police scrutiny

Santa Rosa police this coming week will monitor one of the city’s most collision-prone intersections — Fountain Grove Parkway at Mendocino Avenue, which  last year was tied for third with 10 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… Read More »

Santa Rosa’s 25 dangerous intersections

Planning to drive through the intersection of Stony Point and Sebastopol roads in Santa Rosa? Better be careful. It again ranks No. 1 in the city for highest number of reported collisions. The Roseland-area intersection racked up 16 collisions last year, twice that of 2011 when it tied for sixth place but down from 20 in 2010 and 19 in 2009 when it ranked No. 1 for both years. 2011′s No. 1 — Highway 12 at Mission Boulevard — fell… 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 »

SRPD targets collision-prone intersection

Santa Rosa motorcycle police officers this coming week will monitor one of the city’s most collision-prone intersection — Santa Rosa Avenue at Hearn Avenue, which  last year was tied for second with 13 collisions. As part of a weekly, Monday through Sunday, 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… 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 »