Merced County patrols up over holiday

tmiller@losbanosenterprise.comMay 28, 2013 

— Merced County law enforcement will beef up patrols during the Memorial Day weekend with a multi-agency effort.

"Avoid the 11," an effort involving 11 Merced County law enforcement agencies, plans license checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols through Monday, according to a news release.

"Friends and families will gather for celebrations and to start the summer season, often with alcohol this three-day weekend," the release stated. "Law enforcement is reminding everyone to make plans now for those weekend trips and partying."

Police in Atwater, Los Banos and Merced will assign roving patrols continuing through Monday, according to the release.

The California Highway Patrol plans maximum enforcement through midnight Monday.

Law enforcement officials are asking for support this weekend and into the summer with some tips:

• Plan ahead by arranging rides for friends, family and yourself before the drinking begins.

• Hosts and servers should limit drinks by not serving more than one or two over several hours.

• Identify and provide non-alcoholic drinks to designated drivers.

• Cut back on the amount of alcohol at the party, and provide plenty of food.

• If you see dangerous driving, report it by calling 911.

Funding for the Avoid the 11 enforcement effort is provided by a California Office of Traffic Safety grant through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Los Banos Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanosenterprise.com.

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