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Industrial strength DUI patrols

By awoodall
Thursday, December 18th, 2008 at 5:37 pm in Night Owl.

Even Oakland Raiders fans will feel the heat as Avoid the 21 plans industrial-strength DUI enforcement this weekend in Alameda County. Friday night checkpoints are set for Alameda, Oakland and Pleasanton. The Oakland CHP and police who patrol Oakland, Livermore and U.C. Berkeley will run DUI saturation patrols, said Livermore police Lt. Mike Peretti, Avoid the 21 coordinator.
Peretti advises Raiders fans attending the game against the Houston Texans on Sunday, Dec. 21, to designate a sober driver or stick to soft drinks. A 60-officer team from 15 police agencies will be ready to find, test and arrest those who don’t.
“We’ll be out starting at 3 p.m. to arrest any football fan who fails to drive sober,” he said. “We don’t want to export drunk drivers all over the Bay Area.”
All 41 of the “Avoid” campaigns in California are funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each is named for the number of police departments in the county.
Avoid the 21 made 1,114 DUI arrests during last year’s winter holiday crackdown, by far the largest number in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.


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