The California Highway Patrol will be conducting a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint this Friday, July 2, 2010 in Southern Santa Rosa from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. The location of the checkpoint has not been disclosed.
According to Sergeant Allan Capurro, the CHP will be focussing on drunk drivers throughout Sonoma County over the Fourth of July Holiday weekend. Driving under the influence patrols will be made in an effort to reduce traffic crashes due to drunken drivers.
Suspended license and DUI checkpoints are becoming more and more common in Sonoma County and throughout California. Recent studies, including one at the University of California Berkeley, have found that these Drunk Driving checkpoints have become extremely profitable for local municipalities as they are far more likely to seize cars from unlicensed motorists than catch drunken drivers. Past checkpoints in Marin County for driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license raised legal questions in the UC Berkeley Study as during the past two years, 10 San Rafael’s 12 sobriety checkpoints took place on streets surrounding neighborhoods with large Hispanic populations. Those operations resulted in only 4 DUI arrests but netted fees for the 121 impounded cars for driver’s license violations.
If you are charged with driving under the influence or driving with a suspended license in Sonoma or Marin County you could be punished with probation, fines, a DUI school and up to 6 months in jail under the California Vehicle Code. Punishment is greater for people with multiple offenses for driving under the influence. Whether arrested for DUI in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Marin or San Francisco, you must call an experienced aggressive driving under the influence attorney for help.
For more information about driving under the influence charges in Sonoma, Petaluma, Marin County, and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, or for a free consultation, call Sonoma County DUI attorney John Stanko at 415-755-8899, 707-642-8900 or toll free at 1-877-204-8900.