Sonoma County police officers for 19 days will be cracking down on DUI drivers.

The county’s Avoid the 13 anti-DUI task force will begin its annual, stepped-up Christmas-New Year’s enforcement on Friday, with a DUI/license checkpoint at an undisclosed location. The checkpoint will be one of four the task force will hold during its winter campaign, which ends Jan. 1.

“Lots of folks will be out during this busy holiday season, enjoying themselves and the holiday festivities, and we want everyone to be safe on our roadways,”Petaluma Police Chief Patrick Williams said in a statement.  “That’s why we will be stepping up enforcement to catch and arrest impaired drivers.  Please be forewarned.  If you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.”

The extra enforcement, which involves all of the county’s police agencies and is supervised by Petaluma Police Sgt. Ken Savano, also will include extra officers on patrol looking specifically for DUIs and officers serving warrants on DUI suspects and conducting probation checks.


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