Richmond police will be out in force on Labor Day weekend.
Patrol officers will set up DUI sobriety checkpoints in the city's North and East Neighborhood beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, said DUI Traffic Investigator Phil Sanchez.
The checkpoints will run until 2 a.m. Sunday at "undisclosed intersections" in the neighborhood, according to a department news release.
The checkpoints are relatively infrequent in the city. Richmond police have conducted three sobriety checkpoints since late last year, Sanchez said. Overtime for officers and specialized materials associated with sobriety checkpoints are funded by a $28,600 California Office of Traffic Safety grant the department was awarded in September 2011.
Richmond's efforts are part of statewide crackdown on drunken driving.
In all of 2010, 63 people died and 2,688 people were injured in accidents caused by drunk drivers in the Bay Area, according to the California Highway Patrol. The figures represent a significant decline from prior years.
The CHP is conducting its "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign through Labor Day.
Volunteers from the Bay Area chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving will be on location in Richmond with police patrol units, according to Richmond police Lt. Bisa French.