The California Highway Patrol will have extra officers on the road patrolling for drunk drivers this New Year’s Eve.
But this year the so-called “Maximum Enforcement Period” will be shorter than last year when the New Year fell on a weekend.
“We have the M.E.P. started at 6 pm tonight (Tuesday) and it runs to midnight on New Year’s Day,” said Officer Mike Ferguson with the CHP office in San Francisco.
Ferguson said he expects the abbreviated MEP period to nab as many drunk drivers as it did when 2012 came to a close.
“Last year we had a little over 200 arrested for the Bay Area in a four day time frame,” said Ferguson.
There will be a number of DUI checkpoints throughout the Bay Area New Year’s Eve night into the opening hours of 2014.
CHP in San Francisco said it will skip running a checkpoint in favor of increased patrols focusing on the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge. Ferguson says the bridge acts as a natural check-point where drunk drivers will be easier to spot.
“In order to get to San Francisco and get home you’re going to have to drive across the bridge,” he said.
The hope, of course, is that drivers make the wise choice and designate a sober-driver.