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DUI crackdown for holiday weekend

POSTED May 27, 2011 8:12 p.m.

The Avoid the 12 DUI Campaign will be deploying officers this holiday weekend at DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols countywide to arrest impaired drivers.

The Memorial Day weekend is witness to the kick off of summertime recreation and holiday travel, along with many college and high school graduations seeing thousands celebrate their accomplishments. The next 100 days will also see a rise in deaths and injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

A DUI checkpoint will be conducted tonight in Turlock and Sunday in Modesto. The California Highway Patrol is deploying all available officers Memorial Day weekend onto freeways and county roads in their jurisdiction.

"Sobriety Checkpoints are a proven deterrent along with the ‘High Visibility' enforcement campaigns to change behavior such as drunk driving, driving unrestrained and driving distracted," said Chris Murphy, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. "Drivers who know that there is a zero tolerance when it comes to drunk driving take measures to use a designated sober driver and call 9-1-1 to report a suspected drunk driver weaving down the road ahead of them."

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