Officers out in force during holiday weekend

Stanislaus County police agencies will team up starting Friday night as part of a Memorial Day weekend crackdown on drunken drivers.

The enforcement effort is part of the Avoid the 12 campaign, which includes all 12 law enforcement agencies in the county.

The enforcement will start with a sobriety checkpoint Friday night at an undisclosed location in Turlock and saturation patrols in cities throughout the county.

The patrols include officers driving around to look for people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The saturation patrols will continue Saturday and Sunday nights throughout the county.

The California Highway Patrol is deploying all available officers this holiday weekend onto highways and county roads.

The goal is to reduce deaths and injuries caused by alcohol-related crashes and to educate the public about the dangers of driving under the influence.

The campaign is funded by a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety.

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