DUI checkpoint on tap tonight in Rohnert Park
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By Dave Williams  December 20, 2013 12:00 am

Beware, holiday drivers. Sonoma County law enforcement agencies continue to ramp up efforts to deter impaired driving with its “Avoid the 13” campaign. As part of the effort, the Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety will conduct a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint tonight (Dec. 20) at an undisclosed location within city limits between the hours of 7 p.m.-3 a.m.

DUI checkpoints have proven a valuable resource in reducing the number of persons killed or injured in alcohol or drug-related crashes. According to research done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted on a regular basis.

“Our goal is to get the word out to the public before they make the decision to drive impaired,” said Aaron Johnson, head of the RPDPS Traffic Division. 

“Regardless of a driver’s blood alcohol content, if you are going to drink, get a designated sober driver. Why take a chance that will affect you for the rest of your life?”

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 for only temporary delays for motorists. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. 

“In a one-year period from December 2012 to December 2013, over 140 people were arrested for DUI in Rohnert Park,” Johnson said. “This is unacceptable!” 

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