A holiday drunken-driving crackdown kicks off Saturday in Atwater.
A DUI checkpoint is scheduled that evening and motorists should anticipate additional police patrols on the streets, according to an Atwater Police Department news release.
“In addition to (DUI checkpoints), you will also see us making lots of stops during this highly visible enforcement period,” Lt. Sam Joseph said. “If we suspect anyone is driving while under the influence, officers will show zero tolerance for drunk or drugged driving.”
Nationally, from 2007 to 2011, there were 4,169 people killed during the month of December in crashes that involved intoxicated drivers. In California during that same period, 505 people were killed and thousands seriously injured.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,367 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes across the nation in 2011, and 31 percent of those fatalities occurred in drunken-driving-related crashes. Californians witnessed 2,835 deaths, with 774 killed in DUI crashes.
Motorists are encouraged to report suspected drunken drivers by calling 911.
Please follow these tips to keep the holidays safe and happy: