San Francisco police are planning a slew of DUI checkpoints over the next few weeks, starting tonight.
At 8 p.m., police will descend upon an undisclosed location for a sobriety checkpoint where cops will monitor drivers to ensure they're sober. Police will be on the lookout until 4 a.m. on Saturday.
Then again next week, police will unleash DUI Patrols on May 3, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. just as partiers get an early start on Cinco De Mayo celebrations. In addition, every routine traffic and patrol officer assigned to duty will be on heightened alerted, looking out for impaired (or just really bad) drivers.
There's good reason for all this enforcement: In 2012, someone died every 15 minutes in a drunk driving crash across the nation. Of those, 89 occurred around the time of Cinco de Mayo festivities, according to the SFPD.
What's worse is that 71 percent of all drunk drivers involved in accidents had a blood alcohol concentration of .15 or higher -- that's twice the legal limit.
Here are some drinking-related safety tips:
If none of this is resonating, perhaps this factoid will: A DUI can cost you about $10,000 and some time in jail.