Halloween partyers are encouraged to have a ghoulish holiday this week, but officials in San Mateo County will be on the lookout for anyone who may drink too much of the witch’s brew. A DUI saturation effort is underway in San Mateo County this week to deter and arrest potential alcohol- or drug-impaired drivers on local roads, according to Burlingame police Sgt. Jay Kiely.
Enforcement teams from San Carlos, Menlo Park and Burlingame are saturating county roads between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. The crackdown began Monday and will end early Friday morning.
As part of the San Mateo County STEP, or Saturation Traffic Enforcement Program, the teams hope to keep the pressure on drivers to use good judgment and stay safe, according to Kiely.
“These DUI saturation patrols to be conducted throughout our community will provide the exact education and enforcement needed to correct the type of dangerous behavior that puts everyone in out city at risk, particularly on Halloween, when children and families are out trick-or-treating,” Burlingame Police Chief Ed Wood said in a statement.
“This is a ‘zero-tolerance’ crackdown, so drive sober or get pulled over,” he said.
Thirteen people have been killed in drunken-driving crashes in San Mateo County this year alone, according to Kiely.