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Petaluma Police Department
Monday June 5th, 2023 :: 05:00 p.m. PDT


Results of June 3rd DUI Checkpoint in Petaluma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                    
June 5, 2023
Petaluma Police Department DUI Checkpoint Nets 25 Arrests
Petaluma, CA – The Petaluma Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on June 3rd, 2023, on Petaluma Blvd N at Gossage Ave between 6:00 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers as well as the public.  
DUI/Driver’s License checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries.  A major component of these checkpoints are the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drugged impaired, bringing about more awareness, and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers. 
Most drivers screened during the checkpoint were cooperative and appreciative of Petaluma Police Department’s efforts in trying to deter drunk driving.
The following are statistics from the DUI/DL Checkpoint:

  • 1176 Vehicles through the checkpoint
  • 943 Vehicles Screened
  • 1 suspect arrested for DUI alcohol.
  • 2 suspects arrested for DUI probation violations.
  • 4 suspects were arrested for outstanding warrants.
  • 2 Drivers arrested for operating a vehicle while suspended/revoked.
  • 18 Drivers were cited for driving without a license.
The Petaluma Police Department encourages people who visit and enjoy Petaluma, to plan ahead and either designate a sober driver, use ride share or call a taxi to avoid drinking and driving.  Driving Under the Influence is 100% preventable. 
The Petaluma Police Department is committed to increasing overall traffic safety and reducing the number of alcohol-related collisions.  We will continue our efforts to locate and identify impaired drivers.  Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 to $20,000 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.
Funding for the DUI Checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Issued By:
Sergeant Walt Spiller, Petaluma PD, 707-778-4596

Petaluma Police Department
969 Petaluma Blvd N
Petaluma, CA 94952

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