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3 arrested on DUI charges at Santa Rosa checkpoints

Of the 1,156 vehicles that went through the checkpoints, 24 drivers were given field sobriety tests and 63 were checked for the status of their driver’s licenses. Thirty people were arrested on suspicion of driving without a license, 15 of which had been cited or arrested in the past on suspicion of driving without a license.

Another 15 vehicles were driven by first-time drivers with no licenses issued to them. Police said the drivers had no prior history of driving without licenses. The drivers were cited at the scene and their vehicles were released to licensed drivers.

Ten drivers were arrested on suspicion of driving on suspended licenses, police said. A total of 25 vehicles were towed on 30-day impounds.

Police said one driver was arrested for outstanding warrants and booked into Sonoma County Jail.

The checkpoints, funded by a state-administered traffic safety grant, were the fourth of many such checkpoints Santa Rosa police will be conducting throughout the year. The goal of the checkpoints is to catch people driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and to educate the public of the dangers of DUI, police said.

— Martin Espinoza

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