Bay Area law enforcement agencies will be stepping up their patrols and cracking down on drunk drivers to keep the roadways safe this Fourth of July weekend.
The California Highway Patrol will instigate its maximum enforcement period in which all available officers will be put to the streets looking for dangerous drivers, CHP officials said.
The maximum enforcement period begins at 6:01 p.m. Friday and lasts until midnight Monday.
Last year, 24 people were killed statewide during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, according to CHP officials. Eighty percent of those victims were not wearing a seatbelt.
Additionally, the CHP arrested 1,239 drivers for allegedly driving under the influence.
Numerous other Bay Area agencies will be targeting drunk drivers as well, including those in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. San Mateo County's Avoid the 23 DUI Campaign will put additional officers on the streets and highways over the weekend, conducting checkpoints and saturating the roadways.
Santa Clara County's Avoid the 13 DUI Campaign will also target drunk drivers during the holiday weekend.