Authorities on Friday arrested five people suspected of driving under the influence as part of a Memorial Day weekend enforcement campaign to take drunk drivers off the streets in Stanislaus County. The Avoid the 12 campaign includes law officers from all 12 enforcement agencies in the county and consists of sobriety checkpoints and several saturation patrol teams to reduce alcohol-related traffic injuries and deaths. The campaign started Friday in Turlock and Oakdale with saturation patrols, in which law enforcement officials drive the streets looking for drunk drivers, according to a Turlock police news release. The campaign continued Saturday with saturation patrols in Modesto, Turlock, Oakdale, Riverbank and Waterford. More saturation patrols are planned for those cities today and Monday. A sobriety checkpoint is planned for tonight and Monday night in Oakdale. The California Highway Patrol will have 80 percent of its officers patrolling highways and county roads this holiday weekend. Officials hope the campaign's heightened enforcement will remind drivers not to get behind the wheel while drunk.
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