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.