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Rohnert Park Police DUI Checkpoint Screens 1,000 Cars, Makes One DUI Arrest

After 1,050 cars to pass through Friday night’s checkpoint at East Cotati Ave. and Santero Way with just one arrest and one citation, police say residents are getting the message.





Rohnert Park Police set up their latest DUI checkpoint over Labor Day weekend, and its results raised an interesting question: Is the checkpoint a bust if it yields just one arrest, or has it successfully deterred residents from drinking and driving?

Police Sgt. Aaron Johnson said 1,050 cars passed through the checkpoint on eastbound East Cotati Ave. at Santero Way between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. Friday night. Of those, 956 drivers were screened for signs of DUI and to have their licenses checked. Of those, 20 drivers were sent to a nearby parking area for further evaluation, Johnson said.

Police arrested a Cotati man on suspicion of driving under the influence, and cited another for driving on a suspended license. One vehicle was towed from the scene.

“We saw more taxi cabs come through the checkpoint than we have in the past,” Johnson said. “It is nice to see, and hopefully drivers are getting the message.”

Johnson said more than 21 local residents have been injured in DUI-related incidents in the past three years. 

Funding for the checkpoint was provided to Rohnert Park DPS by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies. 

Ben Richardson September 04, 2013 at 08:24 AM
Instead of checkpoints, why not just stake out the source? Watch the parking lots of bars etc. from 10 pm to 2 am and get the low hanging fruit stumbling in the dark as they leave. But no, we can't piss off the tax paying business man who is selling the booze can we?
James Smith September 04, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Just so you all know. California law says that during these DUI checkpoints they must have a sign stating there is a checkpoint ahead and drivers must be given a turnoff street if they would like to avoid it. Police by law are not allowed to follow you when you turn off, unless you do something stupid like run over a curb or burnout. But, beware. Side streets are littered with police driving back and forth. I work in news and have covered these things. Look it up if you don't believe me. Let them run their checkpoints and get the idiots off the streets.
Dorie McKay September 04, 2013 at 05:56 PM
To James, I want you to know, that a few yrs ago, I was driving down Rohnert Park Expressway, and IN BETWEEN State Farm dr and Country Club Drive, they had a check point. There was NO turn off before State Farm Dr. The expressway narrowed to one lane, there was a red sign up after State farm intersection stating check point, the cones on st forced us to that one lane. So the radius was one long block and being stuck and unable to turn right or left. I was stopped, checked and let go. It was around Christmas time. They did not stop every single car; it was a random choice by RP PD to decide whom to inspect. I had no idea that it is against the law to not have a turn off street.
Dorie McKay September 04, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Ben, about watching in parking lots, or surrounding bars, that is already going on all the time. Drive through downtown Cotati some wkend night and you will see cops in the downtown parking lot or parked on the street. I can't speak for Santa Rosa. I don't go to downtown Santa Rosa very often.
Jack Shmollie September 28, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Lets just cut the crap .Put a sensor in the cars that detect alcohol , speeding and illegal following distance , with an obvious indicator light on the rear of the car .BIG BROTHER at his best .SIEG HIEL ! GASTAPO TACTICS RULE !

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