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Petaluma Police Department
Tuesday September 4th, 2012 :: 09:38 a.m. PDT

AVOID the 13 DUI Task Force FINAL RESULTS Officers Focus Efforts on DUI Warrant Suspects 169 Drivers Arrested for DUI

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Day 18 of 18 – Through Monday, September 3, 2012
Arrests DUI
Arrests DUI
Arrests DUI Warrant
Arrests Total DUI
Collisions DUI Fatal
Collisions Fatal
Victims DUI Injury
Collisions Injury
209 169 5 35 10 0 0 10 16

AVOID the 13 Sonoma County DUI Task Force FINAL RESULTS
Officers Focus Efforts on DUI Warrant Suspects
169 Drivers Arrested for DUI

[Sonoma County, CA] – The Avoid the 13 - Sonoma County DUI Task Force announced the final results of the 18 day anti-DUI campaign that began Friday August 17th and continued through last night at midnight. Sonoma County law enforcement officers arrested a total of 169 DUI drivers, 35 DUI warrant suspects, and 5 DUI probationers during the campaign bringing the total number of arrests to 209.

This past Labor Day Holiday weekend was busy with a total of 45 drivers being arrested for DUI between Friday and midnight last night. Four of the DUI arrests resulted from three checkpoints; one in Santa Rosa and two in Cotati. The remaining 41 DUI arrests were made by Sonoma County law enforcement officers out on patrol this holiday weekend trying to keep the roads safe for everyone.

During the campaign, known as the Summer Mobilization Period, a total of 10 injury DUI collisions occurred injuring 16 people. No fatal DUI collisions occurred during the campaign. The two weeks leading up to Labor Day are statistically high for alcohol involved fatal and injury collisions.

The DUI Task Force continues its efforts to arrest DUI warrant suspects who failed to appear in court or who violated the terms of their DUI probation. During the campaign officers attempted to serve 140 DUI warrants resulting in 35 arrests. Anyone with an outstanding DUI warrant is advised to self surrender at the courthouse before the DUI Task Force arrives at their front door or place of employment.

If you have an outstanding warrant, you must appear in person at 8:00 AM at the Criminal Division Court Clerk’s Office to request that your matter be placed on calendar. The Clerk’s Office is located on the first floor of the Hall of Justice, 600 Administration Drive, Room #105, Santa Rosa, CA. Clear warrant calendars are heard Monday through Friday. Your case will be placed on calendar the same day after 8:30 AM. The decision to recall the warrant is entirely up to the judge. If you were released from jail on a bail bond and the bond has been forfeited, you must bring a Letter of Reassumption of Liability from the bonding agency. Your matter will not be placed on the clear warrant calendar without the letter.

The Anti-DUI Campaigns are working. During the last four years there have been no fatal alcohol involved collisions during the time of year that they are usually at their highest levels across the country. While DUI arrests in 2012 were at their second highest level in four years, injury collisions more than doubled from last year from 5 to 10 in 2012. The number of people injured also increased last year from 6 to 16 in 2012.

AVOID the 13 Sonoma County - Summer Mobilization Periods 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

DUI Arrests DUI Warrants Injury DUI TC's Injured Victims Fatal DUI TC's Fatal Victims
2009 168 11 8 10 0 0
2010 155 29 8 10 0 0
2011 175 27 5 6 0 0
2012 169 35 10 16 0 0

In the last four years, Sonoma County law enforcement officers have recorded 667 DUI arrests in the Summer Mobilization Periods. There have been ZERO fatal crashes in the all of the DUI campaign periods for the last four years. In the last four summer campaigns there have been 31 injury DUI collisions that have injured 42 people.

The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown is led by NHTSA with the California Avoid DUI Task Force Campaign combining high-visibility enforcement and heightened public awareness through publicity. For more information, visit the High-Visibility Enforcement Campaign Headquarters at

Statewide and local Avoid DUI Task Force Campaign Enforcement Schedules and Daily DUI Arrest/Fatal Stats, visit the The Program is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety who reminds everyone to please – Report Drunk Driving – Call 9-1-1!

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AVOID the 13 Sonoma County DUI Task Force - The Petaluma Police Department serves as the lead agency for the regional DUI enforcement efforts in Sonoma County to reduce alcohol-involved fatalities and injuries and raise general public awareness regarding the problems associated with drinking and driving. Participating agencies include Police Departments from the cities of Cloverdale, Cotati, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma, Windsor, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department, Sonoma County Probation Department, Sonoma State University Police Department, Santa Rosa Junior College Police Department, ABC, MADD, the California Highway Patrol, and State Parks. Grant funded activities include DUI checkpoints, DUI saturation patrols, DUI Task Force Operations and Warrant/Court Sting operations for repeat DUI offenders during the Memorial Day, Fourth of July, August-Labor Day Mobilization, Winter Holiday Mobilization, and other designated Special Events and holidays with identified DUI problems. AVOID the 13 is a collaborative enforcement and education effort between the 13 law enforcement agencies in Sonoma County. For further information go to

CONTACT: Sergeant Ken Savano
Petaluma Police Department – Traffic Team
707.778.4596 office 707.481.3567 cell

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Petaluma Police Department
969 Petaluma Blvd N
Petaluma, CA 94952

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Non-emergencies: 707-778-4372

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