Using funds from a grant provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety, the Santa Rosa Police Department will be buying new equipment and instituting special traffic enforcement measures in and effort to save lives and prevent traffic related injuries.
The Santa Rosa Police Department will use funds from the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant to assist in efforts to deal with traffic safety problems and to purchase LIDAR (laser speed monitoring devices), Preliminary Alcohol Screening (PAS) devices, educational materials and to pay for Police Officer overtime for officers working special enforcement activities like DUI Checkpoints. DUI offenders and drivers with suspended or revoked licenses will be targeted through the use of DUI/driver’s license checkpoints, Drunk Driving saturation patrols, and court stings where driver’s with suspended or revoked driver’s licenses who drive away from the Sonoma County Courthouse are immediately pulled over.
The use of LIDAR devices has become commonplace in California, replacing the use of Radar guns by many police officers including most CHP officers. However, the use of LIDAR has not been generally accepted in the scientific community as a valid method for detecting the speed of moving vehicles. Further, although most traffic court commissioners and judges routinely allow LIDAR evidence to be introduced by police officers at traffic court trials, there is not a single California Court case approving of LIDAR devices. It would appear that most courts allow LIDAR evidence because most people do not fight traffic tickets with an attorney who would object and attempt to exclude the LIDAR readings.
If you are cited for speeding or arrested for drunk driving in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, San Francisco or Marin County call an experienced aggressive traffic ticket/DUI defense attorney for help.
For more information about speeding tickets and driving under the influence, traffic or criminal charges in Sonoma County, San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area, or for a free consultation, call attorney John Stanko at 707-642-8900, 415-755-8899, or toll free at 1-877-204-8900.