Officials to crack down on DUI over Cino de Mayo weekend

LOS ANGELES COUNTY — Law enforcement officers throughout the region are planning to crack down on intoxicated drivers this Cinco de Mayo weekend.
A collection of Los Angeles County law enforcement agencies that make up the “Avoid the 100” anti-DUI task force are planning “saturation patrols” to hunt for drunken drivers, task force coordinator and Glendora police Senior Community Service Officer Wendy Brewer said.
“With alcohol such a big part of many people’s Cinco de Mayo festivities, it’s no surprise that drunk driving is especially high on May 5,” Brewer said.
“It is a tragedy that 10,322 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in our nation in 2012, but the worst part is that these deaths were 100 percent preventable,” Glendora Police Chief Tim Staab said. “Death and injury are the worst consequences for driving drunk but one arrest for DUI can also cost you in upwards of $10,000 in addition to jail time and loss of your driving privilege.”
Police in Arcadia and Pasadena are also among agencies that have announced plans to target DUI drivers with additional patrols this weekend.
Alhambra police are planning a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint from 7 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday at Atlantic Boulevard and Beacon Street, according to Alhambra police Lt. Jennifer Wiese.
“Over the course of the past three years, 28 DUI-related collisions in Alhambra have claimed one life and injured an additional 39 of our friends and neighbors,” Wiese said.
Funding for all of the operations is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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