SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Sheriff's deputies will be out in force to take drunken drivers off the streets this Memorial Day weekend, sheriff's deputies announced Saturday.
During the next 100 days deaths and injuries resulting from drunken driving are expected to rise, deputies said, because Memorial Day weekend is considered the start of summer recreation and holiday travel, and several high schools and colleges will hold graduation ceremonies.
Saturation patrols were held Friday night in Poway, Oceanside, Escondido and San Diego and checkpoints were set up in Imperial Beach and San Marcos, deputies said. The San Marcos checkpoint, held in the 1600 block of San Elijo Road, resulted in two drunken driving arrests overnight.
"Sobriety checkpoints are a proven deterrent along with the high visibility enforcement campaigns to change behaviors such as drunk driving, driving unrestrained and driving distracted," said Chris Murphy, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety, which funded the checkpoints and saturation patrols.
Sheriff's deputies will continue the patrols and checkpoints for the remainder of the holiday weekend in the cities of Santee, Lemon Grove, San Diego and Oceanside.
"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 911 to report a suspected drunk driver weaving down the road in front of them," Murphy said.
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