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CHP and police officers on high alert this weekend

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Law enforcement agencies throughout San Diego County will be ramping up patrols and holding sobriety checkpoints Friday night and through the holiday weekend to nab drunken or drug-impaired drivers.

The Avoid the 14 campaign -- named for the number of area police agencies involved -- will entail saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints beginning at 6 p.m. Friday and continuing to 11:59 p.m. Monday.

In addition to Memorial Day revelers, authorities cautioned those celebrating college and high school graduations to heed the "don't drive and drink" message.

"This is a celebratory season and should be remembered, not regretted," Sheriff Bill Gore said in a statement. "Drive responsibly, safely and soberly."

The countywide Avoid campaign coincides with the California Highway Patrol's Memorial Day weekend "Maximum Enforcement Period," during which 80 percent of the agency's officers are deployed to catch intoxicated motorists, speeders and other violators.

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