Petaluma police cited 80 drivers for using their cellphones during a special enforcement operation Wednesday aimed at highlighting the dangers of distracted driving.
Officers issued 100 citations during 146 traffic stops, Sgt. Ken Savano said. Ticketed offenses included excessive speed, running red lights and stop signs, child safety seat violations and even cyclists using the wrong side of the street, police said.
In one case, a driver ran a stop sign while using a cellphone GPS device in front of an officer, Savano said.
In another, a motorcyclist seen weaving in and out of traffic was traveling 58 mph in a 35 mph zone, police said. The driver, Michael Johnson, 47, was subsequently arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and driving under the influence of prescription drugs.
See the artifacts
The History Museum will host a reception at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24 to open an exhibit on the time capsule buried in 1968 in downtown Santa Rosa. It includes a presentation by an anthropologist on the contents of the time capsule and a screening of the film “Santa Rosa: The Chosen Spot of All the Earth.”
The City of Santa Rosa will celebrate its 150th birthday on Sept. 8 with a celebration in Old Courthouse Square, including the burial of a new time capsule. Details can be viewed at santarosacity150.com.