MODESTO — Enforcement is ramping up starting tonight as officers in Modesto and throughout the state look to pull drunken drivers off the road this Labor Day weekend.
Modesto police officers will conduct a sobriety checkpoint tonight at an undisclosed location in Modesto. Officers also will be looking for drivers without a valid license at the checkpoint.
On Saturday night and Sunday night, the department will deploy roving saturation patrols throughout Modesto. The patrols are carried out by officers assigned solely to look for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The Modesto police enforcement this weekend is funded by a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety.
The California Highway Patrol starts its maximum enforcement period at 6 p.m. today and continues through Monday night, which means all available CHP officers will be on patrol throughout the state. The CHP's holiday enforcement ends a two-week "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.
The CHP said 35 people died in vehicle crashes throughout the state over the Labor Day weekend last year, and CHP officers arrested 1,300 people on suspicion of driving under the influence statewide over the same weekend.
"Do not let your guard down just because summer is coming to end; drive defensively and always wear your seat belt," CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a news release.