DUI checkpoint in RP tonight
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By Dave Williams  August 30, 2013 12:00 am

The Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety DPS Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint tonight at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7 p.m.-3 a.m.

These checkpoints have proven an effective deterrent, as research shows the number of alcohol- and drug-related crashes drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted on a regular basis.

This will be the second DUI checkpoints conducted in Rohnert Park in less than a month.  The checkpoints are part of a statewide effort to crack down on DUI drivers.

“We need to get the message across, DUI will not be tolerated, “ said RPDPS Sgt. Aaron Johnson, head of the traffic division.

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and hope to delay motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

In 2010, more than 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. In California, illegally impaired drivers led to 791 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, DUI checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

‘DUI,’ see page 8

“DUI checkpoints have been an essential part of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that we witnessed since 2006 in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “But since the tragedy of DUI accounts for nearly one third of traffic fatalities, Rohnert Park needs the high visibility enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide.”

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Rohnert Park DPS by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies. Anyone seeing a suspected drunk driver is encouraged to call 911.

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