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Friday, January 23, 2015

SF Cops To Go After Drunks Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 2:21 PM

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It's almost Friday night, and you know what that means: You can finally get wasted. 

But you can't drive. 

San Francisco police are planning a DUI checkpoint later this evening at an undisclosed location in the city. From 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., cops will be stopping drivers, checking IDs, and sniffing around to make sure nobody behind the wheel has had too much to drink.

"Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well- publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely," police say. 

Some facts to back their point: In California, 867 people died in 2013 because someone failed to designate a sober driver (or call a taxi). Nationally,  nearly 10,000 were killed by a drunk driver. 

“In 2013, San Francisco had one traffic fatality related to a DUI driver. There were 56 felony DUI arrests during the same time period,” says SFPD Officer Albie Esparza.

In addition to looking for boozing drivers, police will have specially trained cops on hand to check for signs of drug-impaired drivers. According to police, recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems, and another study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). 

Now that you know all this, drivers caught impaired can expect to be arrested, face jail time, on top of shell out thousands for fees, fines, DUI classes, and attorneys. We're talking about upwards of $10,000.

So yes, have fun tonight — blow of steam with a few drinks if you need. But call a cab when you're ready to head home. 

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Erin Sherbert

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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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