Police Increase DUI Patrols During Memorial Day Weekend

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    Law enforcement agencies are out in full force for Memorial Day weekend to make sure roads are safe and to deter people from drinking and driving. Kimberly Tere reports.

    Law enforcement agencies are out in full force for Memorial Day weekend to make sure roads are safe and to deter people from drinking and driving.

    Throughout the Bay Area, there will be DUI checkpoints set up, forcing drivers to slow down for inspections.

    In San Mateo, police said they are stopping vehicles at random and looking for any signs the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Police also will be checking for drivers licenses.

    "We count on the community to be our eyes and ears on the street," San Mateo Police Sgt. Dave Norris said. "So if you see someone who appears to be under the influence or having some kind of driving problem, we would encourage you to call us."

    CHP officers tweeted they have arrested 822 people for DUI so far throughout California, with 147 of those arrests in the Bay Area. And officers said they made 21 arrests in Santa Clara County Friday night and are reminding people to designate a driver.

    The California Highway Patrol said last year 117 people were arrested for DUI over the Memorial Day weekend in the Bay Area, which was down from the previous year. Police hope that downward trend continues this year.