News
July 16, 2018
link to facebook link to twitter
More Stories
Search still on for A&L Market robbery suspect SSU names new police chief RP fireworks to be added to agenda The biggest little parade in the U.S.A. celebrates the 4th 3.0 quake shakes RP A seed of thought grows into a peace garden: Burton garden completed A taste of nostalgia – Penngrove’s Power Up! Event 3.0 quake shakes Rohnert Park Possible sales tax increase to benefit local county parks Rohnert Station designs show a hip and urban atmosphere for future downtown Porch thieves strike again in RP Giudice throws hat into RP City Council ring Expo honors and remembers local vets Correction: Sonoma County elder abuse on the rise, RP reports still high Free family movies this summer Rancho 2018 cap toss Tech 2018 cap toss RP will extend contract with Recology despite rocky start Rancho varsity baseball team The Cotati City Council meeting A chance to see both local and world renowned artists at work RP Department of Public Safety swears in new officers/dispatchers RCHS 2018 Valedictorians Top award for Rotary Club of Rancho Cotati Despite training, clerks still sell alcohol to minors Local aid to Puerto Rico Two alarm fire displaces RP residents, destroys home Out of the ashes comes the first Coffey Park home Snyder era ends at age 92 RP’s new general plan to span next 20 years Crash simulation emphasizes emergency preparedness Car break-ins hit Liman Way Free tax prep assistance for low income residents CRPUSD Special Ed program falters Judson Snyder, columnist Remembering Cory Vaughn 53 alleged Brown Act violations RP partners with Rotary Clubs to clean up creeks RP nixes idea for hotel tax increase measure Sonoma County reports flu death Pursuit of erratic speeding driver leads to DUI arrest Crash causes small gas leak Standing together on gun reform Drunk driver tries to flee scene RP's new municipal regulations will try and curb parking problem Vehicle thefts drops SR woman killed by SMART train RP votes to change commissioner terms Rainfall levels are up – But not yet normal Council approves La Plaza park for fundraiser Correction: Graffiti threat tests Rancho’s emergency protocol Haircuts and meals for homeless National Walk Out Greenhouse gas reduction efforts RP cracking down on distracted driving Reconfiguration of RP schools Schools for climate action TRIO works in Rohnert Park SSU shines at United Nations Community SAIF celebrates heroes New RP homeless count and SR homeless camp eviction Gov. Brown swears in newCHP Commissioner SSU loses compassionate alumna Every 15 Minutes at the Ranch Traffic signal updates No future for local karaoke Bunnies and eggs come to Cotati A science guy goes angling Tour bus rams bridge on the way to Graton Casino

98 cited in traffic enforcement program

By: Katherine Minkiewicz
July 6, 2018

Rohnert Park motorists felt the consequences of not following the rules of the road last Wednesday when 98 drivers were cited in a planned Combined Intensive Traffic Enforcement program conducted by the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety and other local police agencies who teamed up to combat traffic concerns in problem areas of town.

If drivers were trying to make a right turn from a left lane, an illegal “U” turn, cut someone off, or do a California stop by gliding through the stop sign, then Traffic Motor Officers from the California Highway Patrol, Santa Rosa Police Officers, Petaluma Police Officers and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputies were all on deck to make sure drivers did not make these unnerving and dangerous moves.

The agencies partnered with RP’s public safety department for the monthly C.I.T.E. program, which is hosted each month by a different county law enforcement agency. 

Officers were out from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and stopped nearly 100 drivers for various traffic infractions, although officers mainly focused on speeding.

“Officers conducted focused enforcement for stop sign and speed violations throughout Rohnert Park,” according to an RP Department of Public Safety news release. 

By the end of the day, a total of 98 drivers were given citations and one driver was arrested for driving with a suspended license. 

“There were 14 motor officers out, so you expect a lot (of citations) to go out. There is no expectation, no number of what we have to give out,” said Sgt. Jerrod Marshall of the RP Department of Public Safety. He also said a couple warnings were given out.

The officers focused on areas where there are typically more frequent car crashes and instances of dangerous lane changes and running through stop signs according to Marshall.

“We focused on Lancaster Drive, Camino Colegio, the intersection of Golf Course Drive and Commerce Boulevard, Golf Course Drive at the 101 off ramp, Redwood Drive and Golf Course and near the expressway,” Marshall said. 

Marshall said around 1,000 cars travel these key roads every day and monitoring them is an important task.

According to a 2016 public safety traffic report, there were a total of 235 non-injury collisions in Rohnert Park and 47 collisions that resulted in injury and according to primary collision factor data, most of the crashes were caused by speed. And in that same year, the top cited violations were for not stopping at a sign or stoplight.

The C.I.T.E. program has now been in use for several years and aims to bring collaboration between each jurisdiction. According to the news release, it has been successful so far in educating drivers on traffic safety and the fact that infractions can often lead to collisions.

“This combined enforcement effort has a 30 to 40-day lasting effect on drivers who see officers out in the area,” said Commander Aaron Johnson of the RP Department of Public Safety.

When asked of Marshall what individuals can do if they see a driver make an unsafe lane change or a similar infraction, he said most times the best thing to do is to be cautious as it can be sometimes difficult to get a car’s license plate number, especially while driving.

“There is not a whole lot we can do because the officer needs to see the infraction (taking place). Take a step back, watch the driver and be cautious because they are clearly not paying attention,” Marshall said. “If they are making multiple infractions then contact us, because there might be something else going on, like driving under the influence.”

Later this month the C.I.T.E. program will be hosted by the CHP and law enforcement is reminding drivers to be mindful of the rules of road — to always come to a complete stop at a stop sign, look for others on the road and to put your phone down.

“Drivers can expect officers looking for infractions every day,” Marshall advised.