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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 [...]

By | September 13th, 2012|15 Comments

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 [...]

By | August 31st, 2012|8 Comments

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 [...]

By | July 6th, 2012|13 Comments

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 [...]

By | June 22nd, 2012|7 Comments

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 [...]

By | June 21st, 2012|1 Comment

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 [...]

By | May 11th, 2012|7 Comments

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 [...]

By | April 26th, 2012|12 Comments

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 [...]

By | April 23rd, 2012|22 Comments

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 [...]

By | April 13th, 2012|13 Comments

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 [...]

By | January 20th, 2012|0 Comments