The Napa County Avoid the 9 DUI Task Force will begin a special DUI enforcement campaign this weekend that will last through Labor Day.
Beginning Friday, law enforcement throughout the county will conduct extra patrols and hold sobriety checkpoints to catch impaired drivers, according to a news release from the Napa Police Department.
“On average there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 51 minutes across America. But this tragic loss of life can be reduced if we get impaired drivers off our roadways,” Sgt. Paul Paniagua said.
“Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign reduces alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent,” he said.
Driving drunk can cost violators jail time, loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, court costs, lost time at work and more, according to police.
The campaign is led by the California Office of Traffic Safety. It is funded through National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.