San Diego Sheriff's Department announced a Memorial Day weekend DUI crackdown through their Avoid the 15 DUI Task Force. They will be conducing DUI and driver's license checkpoints and drunk driving saturation patrols throughout the County of San Diego beginning Friday night and continuing throughout the weekend, especially in the evening hours.
California Highway Patrol (CHP) also published a press release stating they will also be out in full force this weekend in an attempt to reduce deaths and injuries caused by drunk driving. The Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) begins Friday, May 24th, at 6:00 p.m. and continues until Monday, May 27th, at 11:59 p.m. CHP officers will enforce seatbelt use, speed violations, and driving under the influence.
Other California law enforcement is expected to follow suit and either set up sobriety checkpoints or conduct saturation patrols specifically looking for drunk drivers. To get the most up-to-date checkpoint information, use Mr.Checkpoint.
The San Diego Sheriff's press release included a warning that Memorial weekend is the official start of summer and partying. Along with the festivities, people often overly indulge in alcohol. To keep everyone safe, they recommend planning ahead before you head out to your parties. You can do this by designating a sober driver, arranging a ride home for yourself or your intoxicated friends, calling a cab or using one of the apps for texting a cab, or planning to stay at the place of the party. If you are hosting a party, limit the amount of drinks you serve, provide plenty of food, and have fun alcohol-free drinks for the designated drivers.
Last year's Memorial weekend resulted in 25 deaths on California roadways and 1,300 DUI arrests. Don't end up spending your holiday in jail, or worse, in the hospital or morgue. Plan ahead. However, if you do end up arrested for drunk driving, you owe it to yourself to hire a California DUI defense attorney to help get you through the process with the best possible outcome.