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May 1, 2012 > Extra DUI patrols for Cinco de Mayo

Extra DUI patrols for Cinco de Mayo

Submitted By Jan Ford

Additional police officers in Emeryville, Fremont, Oakland, Pleasanton and Union City and at Cal State East Bay, the East Bay Regional Parks District and UC Berkeley will be watching for impaired drivers over the Cinco de Mayo weekend.

"Have you ever wanted to save a life?" asks Lt. Ava Garavatti of the Livermore police, Avoid the 21 coordinator. "Volunteer to be the designated sober driver who will ferry everyone around safely."

The multi-jurisdictional crackdown focuses on holidays that many people traditionally celebrate by drinking alcohol. It covered St. Patrick's Day in March 2012 and will be on the roads again over the Memorial Day weekend, with Independence Day to follow.

Funding for Avoid the 21's extra enforcement comes from a California Office of Traffic Safety grant through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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