Law enforcement to beef up DUI patrols during July 4th holiday

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SAN DIEGO-- Authorities will be out in full force throughout the week to make sure San Diegans are safe during the Fourth of July holiday.

At a news conference hosted by the Mothers Against Drunk Driving, police and deputies urged people to not drink and drive. Authorities said they will also check for marijuana and prescription drugs when the stop drivers.

"Think about the people you're going to affect. So don't drive,  get an Uber or a Lyft," said Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter.

Several places downtown in the Gas Lamp District will be offering a designated drivers service to prevent people from getting behind the wheel.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said deputies will conduct increased patrols throughout the county on Wednesday, and advised residents that drivers can be arrested for being under the influence of marijuana or prescription drugs, not just alcohol.

Chula Vista police also planned to deploy additional officers on "DUI saturation patrols."

"Drinking and driving is dangerous, even if you're `just buzzed' or drug impaired," according to the Chula Vista Police Department. "When you drive impaired, you risk the lives and safety of those riding with you and around you. You also risk a big hit on your wallet. A first time DUI arrest could cost you up to $10,000 -- which includes attorney fees, fines, very high insurance rates, car towing, an alcohol/drug education treatment program and lost time at work, not to mention jail time, years on probation, the loss of your vehicle and driver's license.

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