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Published on May 29, 2024
Santa Rosa Police Department to Conduct DUI Checkpoint Friday Night in Bid to Curb Impaired DrivingSource: Flickr / DUI Bail Bonds Las Vegas

The Santa Rosa Police Department is set to ramp up efforts against drunk driving with a DUI checkpoint operation this Friday night, as reported by a public notice. The checkpoint, running from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location within the city limits, aims to catch impaired drivers before they can cause harm.

Selected based on crash data, the location of this DUI trap remains under wraps, but the message is clear: drive buzzed, and you could end up on the hook for over $13,000 in fines and legal fees. Not to mention the potential risk drunk drivers pose to the public. According to the Santa Rosa Police, “Impaired drivers put others on the road at significant risk.  Any prevention measures that reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads significantly improves traffic safety.”

The department reminds motorists that it's not all about alcohol. Legal or not, using marijuana and popping pills could land you in handcuffs if they impair your ability to drive. In a statement to the public, Santa Rosa Police highlighted that while utilizing medicinal and recreational cannabis is allowed, operating a vehicle under its influence is a crime in itself.

The costly event of a first-time DUI arrest is not cheap, hitting offenders' wallets with an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties and a suspended license to boot. This DUI crackdown is not just a local effort; it's bankrolled by state and federal funds. The California Office of Traffic Safety, via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is footing the bill to make the streets safer for everyone.