Santa Rosa police today arrested 10 people who failed to show up in court for a drunken driving case, violated their probation from a DUI conviction or drove with a suspended license, police said. Officers holding dozens of arrest warrants related to DUI cases fanned out into different neighborhoods in Santa Rosa searching for DUI offenders and people who drove after their licenses were suspended from a DUI conviction, according to police. One of the 10 people arrested for the warrants was also arrested for possession of heroin, police said.
The program targeting DUI offenders, called the Special DUI Warrant Service Operation, along with high-visibility DUI patrols, has a deterrent effect on people who disregard public safety by driving while using alcohol or drugs, according to police. The Police Department receives grant funding for the programs from the California Office of Traffic Safety, which obtains the funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, police said.
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