|RP police nab 15 at checkpoint on Friday
A total of 15 drivers were arrested on Friday, Dec. 20, during a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint conducted by the Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety.
The checkpoint was held between the hours of 7 p.m. on Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday. The checkpoint was set up to screen eastbound drivers on Rohnert Park Expressway near State Farm Drive. It was part of the “Avoid the 13” (Sonoma County law enforcement agencies) effort to curb impaired driving.
The purpose of this checkpoint operation was to inform the motoring public of the dangers associated with impaired driving and to take enforcement action against impaired drivers and those driving with a suspended license or no license at all.
In all, 1,233 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, and of that total, 1,212 were screened by officers for signs of DUI and license checks. RPDPS officers directed a total of 35 drivers into a nearby parking area for further contact with officers for either DUI evaluation or driver’s license checks.
Of the drivers directed off the line for further evaluation, officers arrested and cited 14 drivers. Of those arrested, all 14 were for driving without a license.
The only driver arrested for DUI was at 1:24 a.m. A Santa Rosa man was stopped for a vehicle code violation in proximity of the checkpoint.
He displayed signs of being intoxicated. After a drug evaluation, it was determined the driver was operating his vehicle under the influence of drugs and could not safely operate a motor vehicle. He was subsequently arrested and his car was towed.
Funding for this checkpoint was provided to the RPDPS by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.