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Highway Patrol out in force for DUIs

Holiday weekend increased enforcement
By: Staff Report
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AVOID A DUI

  • Plan ahead. 
  • Designate a sober driver beforehand or make arrangements for a safe way home. 
  • If you drink, do not drive.
  • If you are impaired, instead of getting behind the wheel, find another way home. 
  • Call a taxi, a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
  • If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person drive. 
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, Call 9-1-1. 

Source: California Highway Patrol

 

With holiday celebrations in full swing, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is preparing for increased enforcement.

The CHP is reminding travelers to play by the rules behind the wheel: Buckle up, adhere to the posted speed limit, avoid distractions behind the wheel and never drive while impaired.

The CHP’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over holiday enforcement effort begins Friday, Dec. 28, at 6:01 p.m. tthrough 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1. During this Maximum Enforcement Period, all available officers will be out on the roadways to assist motorists and for enhanced enforcement efforts. 

“The winter holidays can pose some of the toughest challenges for our officers,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.  “Inclement weather, holiday celebrations and drivers in a hurry to get to their destination can make for a deadly combination.  We want you to enjoy the season and remember that safety is a crucial element.”

The holiday season can be particularly dangerous for drivers.  Young adults, males and those driving at night, are among those who have the greatest risk of being involved in a collision with an alcohol-impaired driver or worse yet, losing their lives. Local law enforcement will be out in force, cracking down on impaired driving. 

Last year during the Christmas holiday weekend, 14 people were killed in collisions in California; half of the people killed in CHP jurisdiction were not wearing a seat belt.  In addition, the CHP made 980 arrests for driving under the influence during the 78-hour Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period.

“Now is the time of year when celebrations increase, as well as the chance of encountering an impaired driver,” added Commissioner Farrow.  “One way to keep everyone safe, and reduce the odds of spending the holidays in jail, is to designate a non-drinking driver in advance.  Your life may depend on it.”              

There are three simple ways you can help prevent a tragedy: 

Along with the increased enforcement effort, the CHP is asking motorists to help keep the state’s roadways safe by calling 911 to report a suspected drunk driver.  Callers should be prepared to provide dispatchers a description of the vehicle, its location and direction of travel.