An increased number of DUI checkpoints and law enforcement officers are coming to California streets through the Labor Day weekend as part of the End of Summer DUI Crackdown, authorities announced this week.
More than 115 law enforcement agencies across the Golden State will be participating in the initiative being held from Aug. 16 to Sept. 2.
Several DUI checkpoints will be set up throughout Santa Clara County, while 13 agencies will beef up patrols on the streets. Many of those agencies will be tweeting and giving virtual ride-alongs to followers.
Anyone interested in getting updates can search #Avoid13 on Twitter. The goal is to give people a realistic look at the consequences of drinking and driving.
The crackdown starts at midnight and runs through Labor Day.
Authorities said 774 California drivers died in crashes involving drunken drivers in 2011.
Drivers caught under the influence can expect jail time, license suspension and insurance increases, authorities said, as well as fines, DUI classes, probation and other expenses that can amount to more than $10,000.
Authorities urge motorists to call 911 if they spot a suspected intoxicated driver.
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