Saturday is Cinco de Mayo and law enforcement agencies will, undoubtedly, be out in full force.
Commonly referred to as Mexican Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo is a day where Mexican heritage and cultural diversity are celebrated with pride. Parties and barbeques dedicated to celebrating the holiday are as standard as fireworks on July 4th. Many bars and restaurants, especially those with a “South of the Border” theme, will offer drink specials for the crowds of celebrants. For the first time in five years, Cinco de Mayo lands on a Saturday. Law enforcement agencies are fully aware of the fortuitous timing and will use it as an opportunity to nab drunk drivers. Partiers can expect increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints beginning early on Saturday and, possibly, even Friday. The California Office of Traffic Safety has provided further funding to law enforcement agencies throughout California to aid in the heightened deterrence efforts. Before you drink that margarita, be sure to plan ahead. Find yourself a designated driver that won’t succumb to the lure of tequila. If you do not have a designated driver, jot down the number of a local cab company. Or use the only failsafe plan: stay sober and stick to the tacos and virgin margaritas. A word of advice to those serving the alcohol: Be careful not to serve too much to your patrons. In California, you can be charged with a misdemeanor if you serve alcohol to a person who is clearly intoxicated.
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