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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

We're still days away from Cinco de Mayo, but local lawenforcement is not wasting any time on the weekend before the holiday.

A late night briefing Friday provided representatives fromseveral agencies in Pima County with the plans for combating impaired drivingthis weekend.

Sgt. Dawn Barkman said they'll be focusing their efforts onincreased patrols around the county instead of one of two designated checkpoints.A checkpoint is an opportunity to educate the public on impaired driving, butBarkman said saturation patrols puts the focus on the suspected drunk drivers.

"We're proactively looking for those types of activities,"she said.

Chad Murfey, a University of Arizona alum visiting for theweekend, said he understands the need for additional officers on patrol. Hesaid overall Tucson is a responsible city, but some people don't know how toend their night responsibly. 

"Everyone likes to have fun," he said. "The cops just wantto make sure everyone gets home safe."

The ramped up enforcement effort this weekend is just the start,according to Barkman. She said agencies around the state will be cracking downon impaired driving and underage drinking for the entire month of May.

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