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Local law enforcement to conduct holiday DUI checkpoints

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.

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