Whatever You Do, Don't Drink and Drive This Weekend

By Chris Roberts
|  Saturday, Sep 3, 2011  |  Updated 7:31 AM PDT
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It's never a good time to get behind the wheel after a few too many drinks. But this weekend, it is a particularly bad idea.

Police officers will be out in force, manning DUI checkpoints -- and the California Highway Patrol is promising "maximum enforcement" out on area streets, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, which reports "every available [CHP] officer" will be out on the state's highways, byways and throughways, looking for tipsy folks heading home from barbecues, bodegas and beaches.

The maximum enforcement time runs from 6 p.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, the newspaper reported. There are also local-level DUI checkpoints scheduled in cities, such as one in the Mission District in San Francisco, according to reports.

Labor Day weekend has been a problem weekend for motorists in thne past: 21 people were killed last year and 1,521 arrested for DUI, according to the newspaper.

So please: don't drink and drive. And if you do, make sure your lawyer is on speed dial. 

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