When law enforcement departments have a DUI checkpoint, not surprisingly, it’s more than drunk drivers who get caught.
The Press Democrat reports that on Friday, November 8th, the Santa Rosa Police Department set up a DUI checkpoint at Farmer’s Lane and Sonoma Avenue that yielded 22 arrests.
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According to the Nixle alert issued by the Santa Rosa Police, those arrests included six drivers who were suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, 13 drivers either driving without or on a suspended or revoked license, two people who had outstanding warrants, and one driver on the suspicion of possession of drugs.
A representative for the Santa Rosa Police Department told the Press Democrat that officers investigated more than 700 DUI’s as well as more than 100 crashes in which alcohol played a contributing factor. Police also said that approximately 60 people were injured in those crashes.
Like most police departments and the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Santa Rosa Police plan to perform similar checkpoints on a regular basis by utilizing funds from a grant awarded to them by the California Office of Traffic Safety.
In addition to jail time, drivers who either driving of driving under the influence of alcohol can expect to pay as much as $13,500 in fines and fees, required DUI classes, and suspension of their driver’s license.