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San Diego to Crack Down on DUI over Labor Day

During the Labor Day holiday weekend and beyond, law enforcement agencies in San Diego will be working with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to cut down on drunk driving.

It is reported that 14 police agencies in the county will be conducting sobriety checkpoint and have extra patrol units on the roads for the next several weeks.  The announcement was made by Ross Burns, the executive director for MADD in San Diego.

The upcoming effort is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's nationwide program which features the slogan "Drunk Driving.  Over the Limit, Under arrest."

Burns told new sources, "The timing for the crackdown is significant because Labor Day, a holiday celebrated throughout the nation with parties and parades, has unfortunately become notorious as a day when thousands of drivers make the deadly decision to drive drunk."

The campaign is meant to eliminate drunk driving incident and offers support for high visibility police action, mandatory ignition interlocks for those who are convicted of driving under the influence and development of vehicle technology to detect and stop someone who has been consuming alcohol from operating a motor vehicle.

Burns said that research shows highly visible and frequent sobriety checkpoint have reduced alcohol-related collisions and fatalities by an average of 40%.

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