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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Drunks Beware, Cops Will Be Looking For You This Holiday Season

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 3:55 PM

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So you polished off the bottle of Wild Turkey over Thanksgiving, and now it's time to move onto to the spiked eggnog. The holidays are here.

But along with Christmas cocktails come more cops, starting Sunday, Dec. 9, when the first DUI checkpoint is held in the city's Merced Manor neighborhood.

Police will be stationed at 19th Avenue and Winston Drive on Dec. 9 from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., looking for intoxicated drivers (or sober bad drivers) passing through the area.

It's part of the overall crack down on inebriated drivers as they bounce around holiday parties.

"DUI checkpoints have been an essential part of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that we witnessed from 2006 to 2010 in California," said Christopher J. Murphy, director of the Office of Traffic Safety, which is funding the sobriety checkpoint. "But since the tragedy of DUI accounts for nearly one third of traffic fatalities, San Francisco needs the high visibility enforcement and public awareness that this grant will provide."

In any event, happy holidays and considered yourself warned.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

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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