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Labor Day Sees Closures, Patrols
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The traditional end of summer, the long Labor Day holiday weekend, will bring with it some business closures and a heightened focus on impaired drivers.

Oakdale city offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3 in observance of the Labor Day holiday; schools will be closed and there will be no mail delivery. All county and state offices are closed Monday as well. Businesses have the option of closing.

Also, now through Labor Day, the Oakdale Police Department is participating in a high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. During this period, Police and Sheriff’s Departments statewide, along with the California Highway Patrol, will increase the number of officers on the road to stop suspected drunk or drug impaired drivers and motorcyclists. If you are caught driving or riding impaired, you will be pulled over and arrested.

To avoid a DUI and putting others, and yourself, at risk, the Oakdale Police Department has a few tips to stay safe on the roads, including: always designate a sober driver; use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get home; take the keys away from an impaired friend or family member and make arrangements to get them home safely.

Motorists are also asked to be on the lookout and report drunk drivers by calling 911.

Funding for this DUI operation is provided to the Oakdale Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Oakdale Police Department will have a special emphasis to enforce all traffic violations by deploying DUI Saturation Patrols during this mobilization period. The enforcement campaign runs through the Labor Day holiday weekend, which is one of the deadliest times of year in terms of alcohol-involved traffic deaths. The Oakdale Police Department will show zero tolerance for impaired driving or riding and joins efforts by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to educate drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning label, you may be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing and result in a DUI, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.