Police crackdown on DUI’s for Labor Day Weekend

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Police officers and sheriff's deputies throughout San
Diego County will be out in force to catch drunken drivers Labor Day weekend.
The operations are part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”
campaign that began last month and is set to wrap up Monday.

“Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement, like the `Drive
Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign, reduces alcohol-impaired driving fatalities
by as much as 20 percent,” San Diego police Officer Mark McCullough said.

Between the campaign's start Aug. 17 and Sunday, 417 suspected drunken
drivers were arrested in San Diego County, according to the sheriff's
department.

“By joining this nationwide effort, we will make the county's roadways
safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period,” Sheriff Bill Gore said.

“If you've had too much to drink, don't even think about getting behind the
wheel. Driving impaired is simply not worth the risk. Remember, we will be out
in force and we will be watching, so drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

San Diego police set checkpoints for 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and
another to begin at 4 p.m. Monday, McCullough said. The locations were not
disclosed.

Sheriff's deputies in Imperial Beach have scheduled a checkpoint from 8
p.m. Saturday to 2:30 a.m. Sunday along with saturation patrols.

San Diego County's “Avoid the 14” task force, named for the number of
area law enforcement agencies involved, will also conduct checkpoints and
roving patrols through Monday, McCullough said.

Sheriff's deputies, California Highway Patrol officers and other law
enforcement agencies will conduct extra patrols and checkpoints in Encinitas,
Santee and Poway Friday night, in Imperial Beach Saturday and in Santee Sunday,
according to sheriff's Lt. David Gilmore.

Oceanside police will conduct a DUI checkpoint between 8 p.m. Friday and
3 a.m. Saturday as part of its DUI Enforcement and Awareness Program.

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