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Cinco No Holiday for Law Enforcement



    Cinco No Holiday for Law Enforcement
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    Police officers will be out in force across the Bay Area tonight.

    Santa Clara County law enforcement agencies are advising the  public to have fun in a safe and responsible way on Cinco de Mayo.

    Thirteen law enforcement agencies countywide are deploying extra  units to patrol for drunken drivers.

    The Avoid the 13 DUI task force will have extra patrols in  Milpitas, Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Palo Alto, San Jose, and Los Altos  Hills.

    Units will look for drivers weaving out of lanes, making wide  turns, failing to go at green lights, driving below the speed limit, and  driving aggressively and recklessly, and other signs of intoxicated driving.

    In San Jose, extra officers, on motorcycles and some possibly on  horses, will patrol downtown as well as the Foothill division in East San  Jose starting Thursday and throughout the weekend, police Officer Jose Garcia  said.

    "We encourage everyone to come and enjoy themselves as long as  they are responsible for themselves," Garcia said. "We will not tolerate  anyone that is disorderly or creating a disturbance."

    He said he hopes the increased patrol will deter some of the  problems that have plagued the city in the past, such as fights, stabbings,  public intoxication, and vandalism of businesses and vehicles.

    Cars will be prohibited from parking on Santa Clara Street to  allow emergency vehicles to pass through and to prevent traffic hazards,  Garcia said. Any vehicle that is found in violation will be towed.

    Garcia said in the event that there is a large group of  pedestrians in one area, police would close down certain streets and  sidewalks and implement a plan to divert the pedestrians to other streets.

    He advised people who are planning to drink to come with a  designated driver, take public transportation, or to arrange for someone to pick them up.