May 4, 2013 4:59 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News
Local law enforcement are stepping up patrols for the Cinco de Mayo weekend.
The San Luis Obispo County "Avoid the 14" DUI Task Force is going to be out all weekend looking for drunk drivers.
Routine traffic officers are also on extra alert looking for DUI drivers.
The Santa Barbara Police Department is conducting DUI checkpoints Saturday night.
The checkpoints will go from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Officials are also asking other drivers to report suspected drunk drivers.
According to officials, between 2007 and 2011, 38% of car accident fatalities that occurred around Cinco de Mayo nationwide were because of drunk driving.
Research has shown that announcing DUI checkpoints is a proven technique for deterring drivers from getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.
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