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ABC implements enforcement efforts ahead of Cinco de Mayo celebrations

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Posted at 4:51 PM, May 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-03 19:53:04-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — This weekend, The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will have agents out promoting public safety through enforcement of alcoholic beverage laws in some communities for celebrations recognizing Cinco de Mayo.

According to a news release, agents will visit both ABC licensed businesses and large venues to help prevent disorderly activity and try to cut down on alcohol service to obviously intoxicated patrons and persons under 21 years-old.

ABC Director Jacob Appelsmith said:

“ABC licensed establishments play a significant role in the effort to improve overall safety in communities. They can do their part by checking ID’s, not serving obviously intoxicated patrons, and reminding everyone of alternative transportation options to get home safely.”

ABC says it also supports the effort from the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you're caught driving under the influence will be looking at jail time, the loss of your driver’s license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car or motorcycle towing, repairs and lost wages due to time off from work.

The average DUI costs about $10,000.