Lucy D. Barker 6:13 p.m., May 23
Escondido and the area surrounding San Diego State University will be the targets of DUI crackdowns over the Cinco de Mayo weekend, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department reports.
Law enforcement has announced the use of “saturation patrols,” where a heavy presence from various law enforcement agencies covers an area looking for signs of impaired drivers. No word was issued on whether checkpoints would be in place, though the saturation patrols have appeared to produce better results in recent months.
“Cinco de Mayo is a special opportunity to gather with friends and co‐workers for chips, salsa and Margaritas, celebrating California’s rich cultural diversity,” says a sheriff's department release. “Local venues are planning special reduced rates for drinks creating the probability for even higher numbers of intoxicated drivers for Saturday night. DUI statistics indicate the greatest number of DUI deaths and injuries occur late Saturday night early Sunday morning which is why law enforcement will be out in force as a deterrent.”