All local law enforcement agencies to conduct DUI checkpoints this weekend

Countywide, drivers will face checkpoints throughout the holiday weekend, in an effort coordinated by all 14 county law enforcement agencies. The “Avoid the 14” campaign is designed to encourage motorists to avoid being arrested for a DUI by not drinking and driving as well as to reduce alcohol-related crashes, injuries and deaths.

Cal Poly University Police will establish its first DUI checkpoint for Memorial Day weekend, according to the college. The checkpoint, located on campus, will be active from 7 p.m. Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday.

The state Office of Traffic Safety allocated a three-year federal grant for about $350,000 that expires in January 2010 to assist county law enforcement agencies in conducting regional sobriety checkpoints and patrols during holiday periods. The holidays tend to see a rise in drunken driving arrests and deaths.

For more information about the grant and enforcement periods, visit the Web site

--Nick Wilson

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