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DUI Saturation patrol planned this weekend

Friday, August 16th, 2013 | Posted by


A DUI checkpoint on Sonoma Mountain Parkway (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

A DUI checkpoint on Sonoma Mountain Parkway (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Rohnert Park officers will be deployed this weekend in an effort to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers. As part of the ongoing traffic safety campaign, DUI Saturation Patrols will be patrolling on 8/17/2013 between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions or arrests.

“We are seeing a rise in the DUI Drivers. Part of it is the community willing to call 9-1-1 when they see someone committing a senseless act.” said Sgt. Aaron Johnson in a prepared statement. “This is a ‘Zero Tolerance’ crackdown so Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!”

A DUI can impact the economy along with possible pain and suffering to those directly affected. Conservative estimates show that a fatality has a $1.4 million impact, an injury $70,000 and a crash that damages property averages nearly $9000, per the Rohnert Park Office of Public Safety.

“California’s roadways are very much safer than they were before 2006,” said OTS Director Christopher J. Murphy. “The Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety will be keeping the pressure on through enforcement and public awareness so that we can continue saving lives and reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”

Funding for this program is from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. To report a drunk driver, call 911.

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