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SLO police plan DUI patrols Friday night

San Luis Obispo police will be out in force Friday night, seeking alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers as part of the department’s ongoing safety campaign.

The “DUI saturation patrols” will be between 7 p.m. Friday night and 3 a.m. Saturday morning “in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests,” according to a statement from Sgt. John Villanti.

“Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely,” Villanti wrote.

Over the past three years, SLO police have investigated 181 DUI crashes that have resulted in one death and 40 injuries.

Villanti said prescription drugs and marijuana both can result in impaired driving that results in a criminal charge. He added that getting a ride home via Uber, Lyft or some other service is cheaper than the jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses associated with a DUI conviction.

Andrew Sheeler: 805-781-7929, @andrewsheeler

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