The Burlingame and San Mateo police departments are cracking down on drunk driving over the holidays with saturation patrols starting today.
The 23 law enforcement agencies throughout San Mateo County are working together to keep collisions involving alcohol down during the holiday season, according to San Mateo police.
Holiday parties are festive occasions, but police warn partygoers of the consequences of driving while under the influence.
From 2007 to 2011, 4,169 people were killed during the month of December in crashes that involved drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 or higher; 505 of those occurred in California, according to Burlingame police.
To help put a cap on those numbers, Burlingame police will set up DUI checkpoints within city limits on Dec. 14 between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. Police will also be making extra stops during the holidays and anyone who is suspected of driving drunk will be shown zero tolerance, Burlingame Police Chief Ed Wood said in a press release.
San Mateo police are setting up DUI saturation patrols Dec. 13, 14 and 21, as well as regular checkpoints throughout the year. A number of police agencies throughout the Bay Area will be keeping the public up to date as they search for drunk drivers with the Bay Area law enforcement social media group “tweeting along” as it conducts DUI education and enforcement, according to police.
Police invite the public to follow at #BayAreaDUI.