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Additional officers with SLOPD out this weekend for DUI patrols

Posted at 6:53 PM, Oct 23, 2020

Additional officers from the San Luis Obispo Police Department will be out on patrol Oct. 23 and 24 looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Those patrols begin at 7 p.m. and lasts through 3 a.m.

The San Luis Obispo Police Department says they are committed during the pandemic to keeping the public safe when they need to run essential errands.

"Safety is paramount, but especially during the COVID-19 pandemic," Sergeant Jeff Booth said. "We are all in this together and want everyone to be as safe as possible when they are out. One way to do that is by not driving impaired."

Officers will be on the look out for drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

"We do DUI saturation patrols throughout the year, obviously, halloween is a festive time of year, so it's to get people more aware, make better plans and to have designated drivers if they're going to be drinking," Sergeant Booth said.

Anyone caught driving impaired and charged with DUI will pay an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.