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Tahoe DUI patrols planned through Labor Day

The El Dorado County DUI Task Force has announced it will join nearly 10,000 other law enforcement agencies nationwide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving from Aug. 19 to Sept. 5, known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”Drunken driving checkpoints, DUI task force deployments and roving DUI patrols are scheduled during the campaign, according to a statement from police.

Tahoe police Sgt. Shannon Laney stated that “we’re intensifying enforcement during the crackdown. Since twice as many alcohol-impaired accidents occur over the weekend and four times as many occur at night, we will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads.”

Police said violators will face jail time, loss of their driver’s license, be required to use ignition interlocks and have their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work and the potential loss of a job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation, Laney said.

“Our message is simple and unwavering: If we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions,” Laney said. “Even if you beat the odds and manage to walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can still destroy your life.”


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