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Checkpoints set for Halloween weekend

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A checkpoint and saturation patrols are scheduled to be set up Saturday in the vicinity of San Diego State University to stop suspected drunken drivers, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department announced.

Halloween weekend is dangerous due to the high number of drunken drivers on the roads and is a historically deadly time for drunken drivers, according to Sheriff's Lt. Jose Sanchez.

"Far too many people spend hours and hours preparing their Halloween costumes and party plans," Sheriff Bill Gore said. "But all too often impaired drivers never plan ahead for their designated driver and end up making the roads scarier than a horror show."

The checkpoint and patrols will be conducted by the Avoid the 14 San Diego County DUI Task Force as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving" campaign.

The task force offered tips for a safe Halloween celebration including planning a safe way home before festivities begin, designating a sober driver, taking a taxi or public transportation or calling a sober friend or family member for a ride.

They urged revelers to help drunken friends make arrangements to safely get where they plan to go and to report suspected drunken drivers.

The operation will be funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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