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Friday, May 03 2013 06:58 AM

Special DUI patrols for Cinco de Mayo weekend

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The Kern Avoid DUI Task Force will have special saturation patrols out this Cinco de Mayo weekend to find drunken and buzzed drivers, according to the Bakersfield Police Department.

The task force will also hold a DUI and driver's license checkpoint during the weekend.

Here's how bad the problem is: During the 2011 Cinco de Mayo holiday, 35 percent of motor vehicle fatalities involved an alcohol-impaired driver or motorcycle operator with a BAC of .08 and above, a BPD news release said.

And 80 percent of the alcohol impaired fatalities involved a driver or motorcycle operator with nearly twice the legal limit, showing a BAC of .15.

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