Kern County law enforcement will be stepping up patrols over the holiday period as part of the ongoing Avoid DUI Task Force.

The Kern County DUI Task Force will be deploying officers to DUI/Driver's license checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols. The California Highway Patrol will be deploying all available officers onto freeways and county roads.

Impaired-driving crashes killed more than 10,000 people in 2010, accounting for 31 percent of all traffic-related fatalities in the U.S. Even without a crash, there are numerous consequences as a result of being caught driving impaired, including jail time, insurance hikes, loss of driver's license, embarrassment and costs up to $10,000.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 392 people were killed nationwide in motor vehicle traffic crashes during the Fourth of July holiday in 2010.

Officers recommend planning a safe way home before partying, including designating a sober driver or calling a taxi. If a friend plans to drive impaired, take their keys and call a cab or find another way to get them home safely.

Anyone who sees an impaired driver is asked to call 911.

- Bakersfield Police Department