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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend Brings Out More Drunks and More Cops

Posted By on Thu, May 24, 2012 at 2:18 PM

click to enlarge If your glass of alcohol is bigger than your head, call a cab
  • If your glass of alcohol is bigger than your head, call a cab

Just like every other holiday (except Thanksgiving, which is still perplexing to us), police will be out in force this Memorial Day weekend, cracking down on all you intoxicated drivers cruising around town.

The hardcore enforcement starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday and carries on through Monday at midnight -- when plenty of drunks will be passed out.

So what can you expect over the weekend, besides chilly temperatures? Cops, cops, and more cops followed by a DUI checkpoint. Be especially careful when you are driving over the Bay Bridge -- it will be saturated with CHP officers.

Also, a DUI checkpoint will be scheduled on Monday at 8:30 p.m. at the intersection of San Jose and Randall avenues. Consider yourself warned.

The cops have a pretty sound argument for all these extra patrols. Last year 42 DUI suspects were hauled to jail over Memorial Day weekend, said Police Capt. Denis O'Leary. "That's up 38 percent," he said. "We hope to arrest fewer people this year -- it's an expensive, destructive, and a completely preventable crime."

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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