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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Cops on Harleys to Sneak Attack Drunk Drivers

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2012 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge As if motorcycles aren't annoying enough
  • As if motorcycles aren't annoying enough

If you think it will be easy to successfully avoid any DUI checkpoint in San Francisco this Cinco de Mayo, well, you are wrong. Police have informed us that on Friday, they will be deploying roving cops on motorcycles to go after drunk drivers on the road.

Capt. Denis O'Leary explains the logic behind the motorcycles.

"Our Harley Davidson Road Kings have a lot of maneuverability advantages over regular patrol cars," he said. "We can ride right up to the driver's window and check for any signs of alcohol or drug impairment."

"There are a lot of motorcycles on the road, and you would be amazed at

how many people do not notice us until they hear the sirens," he added.

The motorcycle gang will rev up at 7 p.m. on Friday and continue through 3 a.m. on Saturday.

Cops will be out again on Saturday night, where they will be stationed at Cesar Chavez Street and Van Ness Avenue to monitor drivers at a DUI checkpoint, starting at 8:30. 

These cops are out there for good reason: Last year, 10,000 people were killed across the nation in traffic accidents involving drunk drivers. In California, this deadly crime accounted for 791 deaths, police said.

Consider yourself warned.

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