OAKDALE — Driving-under-the-influence saturation patrols will be deployed this weekend from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. in Oakdale to assist the Oakdale Police Department during rodeo weekend.
Officers from the Ceres, Modesto and Oakdale police departments' DUI enforcement teams will be stopping and arresting alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers as a part of the Stanislaus County Avoid the 12 traffic safety campaign.
"In events such as the Oakdale Rodeo, people normally know ahead of time if the extent of their fun will involve drinking and driving," Sgt. Chris Perry, Avoid the 12 Task Force coordinator, said in a news release Thursday. "If there is one thing people should plan before heading out to the rodeo this weekend, it should be a designated driver. This is a zero- tolerance crackdown, so drive sober or get pulled over."
In California, there were 774 deaths in 2010 because people failed to designate sober drivers, according to the Avoid the 12 release. After falling for five years, figures for 2011 indicate that DUI deaths remained the same as 2010.