Local drivers seem to be more wary of impaired driving
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By Dave Williams  September 6, 2013 12:00 am

It appears most Rohnert Park drivers have taken the seriousness of the perils of drunken or impaired driving to heart.

Of the 956 drivers who were screened as they passed through a DUI/drivers license checkpoint on East Cotati Avenue on Friday night, Aug. 30, only 20 were directed to a nearby parking lot for further contact with officers from the Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety for either DUI evaluation or drivers license checks. Of those 20, only one driver was arrested for DUI, while the other was cited for driving with a suspended license. Only one vehicle was impounded.

“We saw more taxicabs come through this check point than we have in the past,” said RPDPS Sgt. Aaron Johnson, head of the traffic division. “It is nice to see, and hopefully drivers are getting the message.”

The checkpoint was conducted between the hours of 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. as part of the widespread crackdown on impaired driving. It was set up to screen eastbound drivers on East Cotati Avenue near Santero Way.

Funding for the checkpoint was provided to the RPDPS by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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