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Friday, April 25, 2014

Hey, Drunks: Watch Out for Cops Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 3:48 PM

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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:

  • Plan your ride ahead of time

  • Find a sober driver before the fiesta begins. You might be able to bribe them with free food and non-alcoholic drinks.

  • If you get hammered anyway, call a friend or taxi or use public transit.

  • Drink mocktails. If you want to pound real liquor, then be sure to eat plenty of food and drink water during the night

  • And finally, if you spot a drunk driver, call 911.

If none of this is resonating, perhaps this factoid will: A DUI can cost you about $10,000 and some time in jail.

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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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