Drivers who drive drunk will be targeted by Palo Alto and the dozen other law-enforcement agencies through Sept. 6 in this year's "Avoid the 13" campaign, which started in Palo Alto last Friday.
The Avoid the 13 campaign is sponsored by Santa Clara County's DUI Task Force. The "13" refers to the 13 different law-enforcement agencies throughout Santa Clara County.
According to the latest police statistics, 32 percent of fatalities in traffic collisions involved at least one driver whose blood alcohol content was at or over 0.8 percent.
"Our message is simple and unwavering. If we find you driving impaired we will arrest you. No exceptions," Palo Alto police Chief Dennis Burns said in an announcement of the campaign.
Violators who are arrested at checkpoints can face jail time, suspension of their driver's license and fines, plus insurance ramifications. Some violators may also be sentenced to use ignition interlocks on their cars, police warned.
"Driving impaired is simply not worth all the consequences. Just designate a sober driver. Don't take the chance," Burns said.
For more information, visit the www.californiaavoid.org.