Expect Heavy Police Presence Wednesday Near Rohnert Park Schools

"It is likely for drivers to interact with officers from other jurisdictions tomorrow if they choose to disobey the law."

Rohnert Park Police will have a heavy presence in neighborhoods with schools. Credit: Flickr
Rohnert Park Police will have a heavy presence in neighborhoods with schools. Credit: Flickr
(The following information release sent by the Rohnert Park Police Department was received by Patch via the Nixle Alert System.)

Traffic Team to Saturate the Schools in Rohnert Park 1/22/14

Rohnert Park, California – The Sonoma County Combined Intensive Traffic Enforcement (CITE) Team managed by the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety will be out in force tomorrow around the neighborhood schools in Rohnert Park.

Drivers should expect to see two to three traffic officers around the schools focused on distracted drivers and school zone violations. The team will consist of officers from Rohnert Park, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Windsor and Sebastopol. 

“Drivers still believe they can drive and text or have the ability to talk and drive. What they do not understand is another component of distracted driving is the Cognitive Distraction. If the driver is focused on their conversation, they are NOT focused on being a defensive driver and are dangerous to have on the roadway”, said Sgt. Johnson who oversees the department’s traffic unit. 

This CITE team was modeled after Livermore Police Departments CITE program which has been effective in lowering injury collisions in and around Alameda County. “The goal of any traffic unit is to first and foremost make the roadways safer by reducing injury collisions. We use Education, Engineering and Enforcement to achieve these goals”, stated Sgt. Johnson.

“Tomorrow’s event is a collective effort between allied agencies to enforce the rules of the road and in doing so, educate those drivers as to the dangers of their driving behavior.” 

It is likely for drivers to interact with officers from other jurisdictions tomorrow if they choose to disobey the law. 

Leah May January 21, 2014 at 09:42 PM
I'm actually curious as to why this has been decided? Has there been more distracted driver related incidents in Rohnert Park? Just curious.
Bee Ben January 22, 2014 at 01:32 AM
Why does the photo caption say, "MENLO Park Police?" Isn't this still ROHNERT Park?
Sandy Murphey January 22, 2014 at 09:40 AM
I'm glad to see this happening, although I wish there hadn't been a warning. If people know they're being watched, they'll modify their behavior. I think getting caught and fined would be a much better deterrent. Would Highway Patrol warn drivers of specific speed traps, etc.?
Julie McIntyre January 22, 2014 at 10:01 AM
Not only distracted, but lots of parents having their kids jaywalking across the street!
Dorie McKay January 22, 2014 at 01:41 PM
Soon as the cops disappear, they'll be back at it, kids think they're invincible.
Colleen Gray Dunaway January 22, 2014 at 07:47 PM
I saw these officers this morning at John Reed ...three in a row on their great motorcycles. As a teacher and mom, I LOVE it! And, what a great way for them to start their day...protecting little kids who want to be officers. I could think of a million different ways they could be starting their day...I prefer this way:)
Sandy Murphey January 22, 2014 at 10:18 PM
Three in a row? It doesn't sound like they were actually trying to catch people texting, because as soon as they were visible, people would stop texting, or at least put down their phones temporarily. Do you really think this is the best way to protect children? Can you give more details about your perspective, related to warning people about "texting"? What do you do when you see an officer close by when you're driving? The "texters" will do the same thing.
startedformylife2701 January 23, 2014 at 05:06 AM
Sorry but Rohnert Park has probably the most over-sized and frivolous police department I have ever seen. If their not doing this then they are busy harassing horrible college kids that bring all the liquid into the city.
Sandy Murphey January 23, 2014 at 12:59 PM
Could you explain the "liquid" that college kids are bringing into the "city". I'm assuming you mean alcohol?
Hopkin January 26, 2014 at 02:01 AM
Sandy, I thought he meant they were driving tanker trucks delivering water to help with the drought.
Sandy Murphey January 27, 2014 at 11:11 AM
Why would it state "horrible" college kids who were driving in water to help with the drought. That doesn't make sense. What's wrong with the statement is lack of clarity in criticizing the RP police dept. Fuzzy critique.....
Hopkin January 27, 2014 at 03:51 PM
Sandy, it 's probably because they wanted the tanker-truck driving job but the horrible kids got it instead.


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