Law enforcement to heighten patrol through weekend
Avoid the 13 Task Force to set up DUI checkpoints
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The Avoid the 13 DUI Task Force will be out if full force this Memorial Day weekend, deploying officers at DUI/drivers license checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols countywide to arrest impaired drivers and to keep the public aware of the dangers of driving while impaired by alcohol and drugs.

The start of the summer season has arrived, along with many college and high school graduations. 

If history repeats, drunk or drugged driving crashes will rise when reckless drivers take to the roadways impaired.  Friends and families will gather for celebrations and to start the summer season, often with alcohol this three-day weekend.  Law enforcement throughout the county reminds people to make plans now for those weekend trips and partying.  Authorities encourage partiers to use designated drivers to prevent arrest or worse, a deadly driving tragedy.

Law enforcement throughout the region, beginning tonight, will deploy a DUI/drivers license checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Sonoma County with special DUI saturation patrols being deployed countywide.  

More local DUI saturation patrols will be out on Saturday and Sunday nights.  The California Highway Patrol is deploying all available officers Memorial Day weekend onto freeways and county roads as part of their maximum enforcement period.

Law enforcement region-wide has suggestions for a safe weekend, including:

• Planning ahead.  Arrange rides home for friends, family and co-workers before the drinking begins.

• Those hosting celebrations and servers must limit drinks to guests or patrons.  Don’t serve more than one or two over several hours.

• Identify and provide free non-alcoholic drinks to the designated sober driver.  For tasty drink recipes, visit the DDrink Mixology Center at www.facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS.

• Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to a party and provide plenty of food.

• Anyone witnessing dangerous driving should call 911.

Funding for the Avoid DUI Task Force is by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  The Avoid Task Force will deploy checkpoints and DUI patrols next during the Independence Day holiday and for the summer August/Labor Day DUI mobilization.

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