DUI checkpoint bill opposed by police

An early warning requirement for DUI checkpoints pushed by a Santa Rosa legislator has encountered stiff resistance from local police officials.

The bill, by Democratic Assemblyman Michael Allen and now before Gov. Jerry Brown, would require police to announce the exact location of DUI checkpoints two hours before they are held. It also would require 48-hour notification of a checkpoint's general location.

Such advance notice would hamper efforts to catch drunken drivers at checkpoints, said Petaluma Police Chief Dan Fish.

"It takes away the effectiveness of the checkpoint," Fish said. "Drunk drivers are not going to drive through the checkpoints, they're going to drive somewhere else."

The issue centers on the dual enforcement of both DUI and driver's license laws that comes at checkpoints.

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