A countywide operation to deter driving under the influence will begin this weekend with checkpoints and saturation patrols in six cities.
The campaign, called “Summer Mobilization,” is part of the Avoid the 12 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. The Ceres Police Department is managing the grant funds this year, but every law enforcement agency in the county benefits from the money and participates in DUI operations.
Summer Mobilization starts Friday with a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint in Modesto from from 9:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. There also will be roving saturation patrols in Modesto and Ceres on Friday.
On Saturday, there will be roving saturation patrols in Modesto and Turlock and a checkpoint in Riverbank.
The Riverbank checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Turlock police will deploy roving saturation patrols Sunday from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.
There are a dozen more operations scheduled from the end of this weekend to Labor Day weekend in September, including a task force operation next Saturday for X-Fest.
Everyone is encouraged to help keep the roadways safe by calling 911 to report drunk drivers.