The California Highway Patrol will begin a four-day holiday weekend
enforcement effort Friday night, capping off the agency's two-week-long "Drive
Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.
The CHP is joining with law enforcement agencies throughout the country and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in an ongoing nationwide drunk driving crackdown, a CHP news release said.
During the CHP'S "Labor Day Maximum Enforcement Period," all available CHP officers will be on patrol throughout California to try to ensure everyone has a safe weekend. The CHP release said an emphasis will be placed on removing impaired drivers from the roadway.
"Through our education and enforcement efforts over the holiday, we are hoping to save lives and reduce the number of people injured and killed on California's roadways," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow in the release. "Do not let your guard down just because summer is coming to an end; drive defensively and always wear your seat belt."
During last year's Labor Day enforcement period, 35 people were killed in collisions on California's roadways, and within CHP jurisdiction nearly half of the 16 vehicle occupants killed were not wearing seat belts.
The public is encouraged to call 911 to report suspected drunk drivers.
Rene De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227 or RDeLaCruz@vvdailypress.com.
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