Big changes at the Road Warrior

We're changing drivers at the Road Warrior blog. After nearly three years of writing the column -- and 29 years at The Press Democrat -- I'm retiring on Monday and Linda Castrone, editor of The Press Democrat's Towns section, will take over Tuesday. She'll do an excellent job. The column [...]

By | March 3rd, 2013|28 Comments

Mailbag: Petaluma roundabout, illegal U-turn

Here's a question from a Road Warrior reader: For the last 3 weeks I've watched the police presence at the roundabout near 101 on Petaluma Blvd S change from enforcement to encroachment.  There's been an officer stationed at the roundabout 4 of 5 mornings every single week, often with TWO [...]

By | November 17th, 2012|6 Comments

Mailbag: Should you follow driver in minor hit-run?

Here's a question from a Road Warrior reader: I pulled into the Mendocino Ave Safeway parking lot to make a quick stop.  As I drove down an aisle, a car ahead started pulling out of a spot so I stopped to let him get out.  Looking left I see that [...]

By | November 9th, 2012|6 Comments

More drivers trying to beat the red light

I’ve heard people joke that a green light means go, a yellow light means go faster and a red light means stop. But I don’t think it’s a joke any longer: More people seem to be trying to beat red lights and they’re stepping on the gas when the light [...]

By | August 6th, 2012|28 Comments

Mailbag: Left turn lanes for turning or merging, not passing; green stuff on 101

We've had some questions from readers regarding center turn lanes on city streets. For example: I thought the double turn lane was to be used as little as possible.  I live in Northwest Santa Rosa and usually use Piner Road to get to 101.  I often see drivers traveling quite [...]

By | March 2nd, 2012|0 Comments

SRPD steps up red-light enforcement on Thursday

Santa Rosa police today plan to be out looking for red-light runners. Officers will stake out problem intersections, weather permitting, as part of the special operation. As an example, Sgt. Rich Celli cited Santa Rosa Avenue at Baker Avenue. As any driver who goes through that intersection knows, it's common [...]

By | January 18th, 2012|0 Comments

Mailbag: Reader gets a lecture on yielding but was right

Here's a question from a Road Warrior reader: In December, I was driving east on Maple and was making a right hand turn on to South E Street in Santa Rosa.  The light for me was red, and there were two cars entering the intersection heading north.  I stopped before [...]

By | January 6th, 2012|0 Comments

SRPD looking for right-of-way violators

Be on your toes Wednesday when you're driving through major intersections Wednesday in Santa Rosa. A police officer may be watching. It's all part of a year-long, extra traffic enforcement program by Santa Rosa police that's funded through the state Office of Traffic Safety. On Wednesday, five officers will move [...]

By | January 3rd, 2012|0 Comments

Mailbag: Confusion at Steele and Cleveland

Here's a question from a Road Warrior reader: There seems to be a lot of confusion on the intersection of Cleveland Ave and Steele Lane. If you are turning left from (southbound) Cleveland to Steele, there are two turn lanes which go to three lanes into Steele. I see people [...]

By | August 5th, 2011|21 Comments

DUI checkpoint Friday night

Santa Rosa police will be conducting a DUI/license checkpoint on Friday night. As is typical, police declined to say where the checkpoint will be, but it will go from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. "It is the Santa Rosa Police Department’s goal to continue providing public awareness on the dangers [...]

By | July 28th, 2011|3 Comments