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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 »

Mailbag: Bicyclists, pedestrians getting tickets; Todd Road merging

Here are questions from Road Warrior readers: Adrienne wrote in to report that she had read on KRCB radio’s Facebook page an account of a Santa Rosa police officer stopping bicyclists on Humboldt Avenue for not coming to a complete stop at stop signs. According to the posting, the officer said he was instructed to use “maximum enforcement” in wake of the recent local deaths of bicyclists in accidents with cars. Our reader is wondering what’s going on. The answer… Read More »

Mailbag: Can bicyclists ride on sidewalks? Who cleans up crash debris?

Here’s a question from a reader: I’ve been taught that bicycles are subject to the same rules as cars, but I see bicycles on the sidewalk all the time.  I’d certainly be cited if I drove my pickup down the sidewalk.  What’s with the bikes?  Thanks a lot.  Randy of Windsor The answer comes from Gary Helfrich, executive director of the Sonoma County Bicycle Coaltion: Regardless of the legality, riding on the sidewalk a bad idea and should be discouraged.… Read More »

DUI checkpoint Saturday in Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa police plan a DUI/license checkpoint on Saturday night. As usual, police aren’t saying where the checkpoint will be, but the hours will be 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sgt. Lance Badger said officers may move the checkpoint during the night to a different location depending upon how busy the operation is. The enforcement is funded through a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administation. —— Follow the Road Warrior on… Read More »

What drivers have forgotten in the DMV handbook

We all carefully studied for our DMV driving test and intently tried to follow all of the rules and laws in the DMV handbook. So why is it that so many of us have forgotten so many of the basic rules? Here are my top three: –Turn signals. “Always signal when turning left or right, changing lanes … it lets other drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians know your intentions,” the handbook says. I see so many drivers not use their… Read More »

Results of SRPD’s motorcycle crackdown / Petaluma’s is Saturday

Tuesday’s Santa Rosa crackdown on motorcycle traffic violations resulted in 24  motorcyclists being stopped by officers. Sgt. Lance Badger said 15 were ticketed for such things as helmets, mechanical and failing to yield. The remaining nine were given warnings. The all-day enforcement, funded by a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety, involved five officers whose main focus was motorcycle safety, although they handled other traffic enforcement issues as they came up, Badger said. The grant is funding eight… Read More »

DUI/license checkpoint in Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa police on Friday night will be holding a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint. The checkpoint will be 7 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday and, as is usual, police declined to say where it would be. Officers typically arrest only a couple of DUI suspects out of the hundreds of drivers stopped at such checkpoints, but local police say the checkpoints help deter people from drinking and driving. The checkpoints are highly visible with a dozen or more officers and… Read More »

Motorcycle crackdown Tuesday in Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa police on Tuesday will be keeping a close eye on motorcyclists in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Not only will motorcyclists be cited for traffic violations but so will drivers of cars and trucks who affect the safety of motorcyclists, such as failing to yield the right of way, Police Sgt. Lance Badger warned. He said 12 traffic officers will be patrolling the city’s main streets, looking for the violations, throughout the day until 7 p.m.… Read More »

Mailbag: Can you use carpool lane to get around an accident? And more…

Here’s a question from a reader: If there is an accident in the “slow” lane during commute hours, can you use the carpool lane to avoid the accident? Can the CHP ticket you for this? This scenario recently happened on the Cotati Grade, it was a major accident. Sue The answer comes from CHP Officer Jon Sloat, spokesman for the Sonoma County office: You can use the carpool lane if directed by a few ways: An officer at the scene,… Read More »

Mailbag: Can cars turn right from bike lanes?

Here’s a question from a reader: Could you please explain the rules regarding the “Bike Lane” and turning right? I will see cars driving in the bike lane for half a block to turn right. Hoen Avenue at Yulupa is a good example. I have almost been hit turning right when I get to the dotted white line in the bike path because another car is using the bike lane as a right-turn lane? Is the “One Finger Salute” justified or am… Read More »