Several state law enforcement agencies will step up their DUI patrols for the holiday season.
Montclair, Fontana and Ontario police among others will begin their “Avoid DUI/Driver License” checkpoints on Dec. 17 through Jan. 1 2011.
Local police departments are urging anyone who plans on drinking alcohol during holiday festivities to designate a sober driver or plan another way home.
The Montclair Police Department will conduct their checkpoint on Friday, Dec. 17 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday. The Chino Police Department had also scheduled their checkpoint for Friday but canceled it in response to bad weather.
The Ontario Police Department will also have a DUI/Driver License checkpoint on Friday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m..
All agencies are conducting their checkpoints in partnership with the Avoid DUI Task Force Campaigns, according to police news releases.
The Fontana Police Department will conduct a checkpoint on Dec. 18 beginning at 6 p.m., according to a Fontana Police Department news release.
Follow these suggestions to ensure a DUI-free holiday season.
* Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
* Before drinking, designate a sober driver.
* If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
* Use your community’s Sober Rides program.
* If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, call your local law enforcement agency.
* If you know someone about to drive or
ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to their destination safely.