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Rohnert Park PD School Sting Effort Nabs 30 Motorists

“The increased enforcement sent a message this morning that dangerous driving will not be tolerated.”

A police checkpoint like this one nabbed 30 motorists for dangerous driving. Credit: www.checkpointusa.org
A police checkpoint like this one nabbed 30 motorists for dangerous driving. Credit: www.checkpointusa.org
(The following information release sent by the Rohnert Park Police Department was received by Patch via the Nixle Alert System. It is a follow-up to information Patch published yesterday.)

30 Drivers Stopped for Unsafe Driving


Rohnert Park, California – The Sonoma County Combined Intensive Traffic Enforcement (CITE) Team managed by the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety deployed around the schools Wednesday morning in an effort to curb dangerous driving. 

15 motor officers from Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Town of Windsor and Rohnert Park deployed at 7:30 around the elementary and middle schools. At 8:45, the team deployed around Rancho Cotate High School to maximize the enforcement and education efforts of distracted driving. “The increased enforcement sent a message this morning that dangerous driving will not be tolerated”, said Sgt. Johnson. In an hour and a half, 30 drivers were stopped for dangerous driving around the schools, of which, 15 citations were issued. 

The traffic team recommends drivers read a comprehensive report regarding distracted driving, published by the National Safety Council. 

An excerpt from the National Safety Council… 
Many people know texting while driving increases crash risk. But cell phone conversation while driving is also risky. Talking on hands-free or handheld cell phones requires the brain to multitask – a process it cannot do safely while driving. 

To explain what happens to the human brain when talking on cell phones while driving, NSC has a white paper, “Understanding the distracted brain: Why driving while talking on hands-free phones is risky behavior:” 

http://www.nsc.org/safety_road/Distracted_Driving/Documents/Cognitive%20Distraction%20White%20Paper.pdf
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Sandy Murphey January 23, 2014 at 01:02 PM
Great! Glad to hear it. 30 were stopped for "dangerous driving", but only 15 cited. Would love to have more details on this part. Anone with more information?
Doug Strickland Is An Asshat January 23, 2014 at 01:52 PM
Great! But I'd prefer if all 30 had been cited. They need to keep this up. Too many idiots using cell phones while driving.
Dorie McKay January 23, 2014 at 03:45 PM
I could not agree more about this. WHO needs to TALK on the damn phone while DRIVING????? I don't answer my phone when I am driving much less TEXT which is really crazy! IF one needs to TALK on the PHONE, they can PULL OVER, in case of an emergency only, not gab away to their friends about nothing, while operating machinery and it requires all our attention to drive SAFELY and watch in all directions. One time, I was driving through a parking lot, and some quite older man was talking on his cell phone. Ok, not a HUGE danger in a 5 mph type zone, but I and another motorist noticed he was not really with it.. to a small degree. The other motorist noticing this man, screamed at the phone user man, and said, "GET OFF YOUR GOD DAMN PHONE!!!!!!!" I had to laugh. For it was stupid and frightening enough to the motorist to grab this guys attention. Know what? The phone driver didn't do a thing, and kept right on talking and driving!!!! Ignoring the safety warning of anger.
Sandy Murphey January 23, 2014 at 08:59 PM
Most people aren't going to obey someone who's yelling at them, so unforturnately this tactic isn't going to change behaviors. What will change them is when they hurt or kill someone while intentionally distracted, or someone they love is affected by someone else's distracted driving....their child, parent, sister, brother, grand parent. These are the things that can create drastic changes in destructive behavior. Reality shows about the lives that have been lost might be helpful. So many people watch them; they could be used to educate. Drama is needed in this situation to make an impact. Having to pay fines helps, but it's not the best solution for changing behavior. As long as people are successful in doing this, they have no motivation to change.
Fluffoo February 04, 2014 at 02:50 AM
No mention of the three car accident that happened on Snyder and RPExpressway because traffic had slowed down to a full stop at the intersection, the light was green, and everybody was stopping to figure out why there were eight cops standing around. Want to do something that'll make a difference? Get a cop out in front of the high school to direct traffic. Between the kids in the crosswalk and the traffic coming from four directions, it's a miracle no one's been injured or killed.

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