"Avoid The 8" Memorial Day Weekend DUI Enforcement: Checkpoint & Freeway Saturation
A DUI saturation patrol of motorcycle officers from the San Francisco Police Department. is set for the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, with an Avoid the 8 DUI Task Force sobriety checkpoint planned for 8:30 p.m. at San Jose and Randall Avenues on the following Monday.
The four-day crackdown begins at the first minute of Friday, May 25, and ends at midnight on Sunday, May 28.
Extra California Highway Patrol officers will cover the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge all weekend with additional roving units out on DUI patrol, according to Capt. B.J. Whitten of the San Francisco squad.
“The California Highway Patrol is always on the lookout for impaired drivers,” said Whitten. “This holiday weekend will be no exception. The CHP wants everyone to enjoy a safe holiday, so please do not drink and drive.”
Forty-two DUI suspects went to jail over last year’s Memorial Day weekend, said Capt. Denis O’Leary of SFPD’s Traffic Company. “That’s up 38 percent over last year. We hope to arrest fewer people this year. It’s an expensive, destructive and completely preventable crime.”
Avoid the 8 will hit the roads again around Independence Day, and plans a three-week effort from the middle of August to early September. Funding comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.