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OTS: Increased law enforcement presence during Cinco de Mayo

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Posted at 1:11 PM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 16:11:02-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The California Office of Traffic Safety is reminding drivers to celebrate Cinco de Mayo responsibly this weekend by increasing law enforcement presence.

Officials across the state will have additional officers on patrol looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

"Unfortunately, Cinco de Mayo has become a deadly holiday for impaired driving, which is why it is important for everyone to celebrate with caution and make smart decisions about how they get home."

According to OTS, the number of drug-impaired driving crashes continues to rise and it doesn't just mean alcohol. Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and marijuana can all be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can lead to a DUI.

OTS says if you plan to drink during the holiday to choose a sober way to get around. Use ride-share, a designated sober driver, taxi, or public transportation to get home. If you are hosting a party and someone who is clearly impaired tries to leave, offer them a sober ride home or have them stay the night.