Stepped up DUI patrols across Sonoma County for holiday weekend

Law enforcement authorities are gearing up for battle against drunken and drugged drivers over the holiday weekend, mounting saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints designed to keep impaired drivers off the roads.

"This is a 'zero tolerance' crackdown," Rohnert Park Public Safety Lt. Jeff Taylor said in a statement, "so drive sober or get pulled over."

The Memorial Day holiday, school graduations and the launch of summer barbecue season can be a potent mix when it comes to road safety, said Petaluma Police Sgt. Ken Savano, who coordinates the countywide Avoid the 13 holiday campaign, in which each of Sonoma County's 13 law enforcement agencies participate.

The CHP's statewide Maximum Enforcement Campaign will overlap local efforts, putting extra officers on the roads between 6 p.m. Friday and midnight Monday, state and local officials said.

"We want everyone to go out and have a good time," Santa Rosa CHP Officer Steve Fricke said, "but we want to make sure everyone is responsible for their actions, and make sure that if they're drinking to definitely designate a driver to avoid any accidents or anything like that."

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