Santa Clara County's Avoid the 13 DUI Task Force and the California Highway Patrol announced plans to crack down on drunken driving over the Fourth of July weekend.
The CHP plans to deploy all available officers to every freeway, county road and unincorporated road in the 13 Bay Area counties from 6 p.m. Thursday, July 3, to 12 a.m. Monday, July 7.
"This Fourth of July holiday, you can show your patriotism by helping to make the roads of Santa Clara County safer for everyone," Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said. "For everyone's sake, don't drink and drive or you will be targeted for arrest."
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 10,000 people died nationwide in drunken-driving crashes in 2012, accounting for roughly a third of all driving-related deaths. Over the course of the Fourth of July weekend in 2012, 78 people died in alcohol-related crashes around the country -- about 44 percent of crash fatalities during that period.
According to statistics from the FBI, over 1.28 million drivers were arrested in 2012 for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is against the law to drive with a blood alcohol concentration above 0.08 in California.