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CHP preps for holiday weekend crackdown


Last updated 8/29/2018 at 7:01pm

RIVERSIDE - California Highway Patrol officers will be canvassing highways and roads throughout Riverside County beginning Friday to catch drunken and drug-impaired drivers, as well as other traffic violators, during a Labor Day weekend enforcement campaign.

The CHP's "maximum enforcement period'' will begin at 6:01 p.m. Friday and conclude at 11:59 p.m. Monday.

According to the agency, all available officers from the Beaumont, Blythe, Indio, Riverside and Temecula stations will deploy in a targeted crackdown that coincides with end-of-summer saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints in municipalities throughout the Inland Empire.

"Impaired driving remains one of the most serious traffic-related problems on our roadways today,'' CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said. "Let's end the summer safely and remember to designate a sober driver, wear your seatbelt and obey all traffic laws.''

During the 2017 Labor Day weekend MEP, CHP officers statewide arrested more than 1,000 motorists on suspicion of driving under the influence. Thirty people died in wrecks throughout California that weekend, according to the agency.

Statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that one-third of crash fatalities during the 2016 Labor Day weekend involved drunken or drug-impaired drivers. According to the agency, half of all drivers between 18 and 34 years old who died in a crash over the 2017 Labor Day weekend period were impaired by alcohol.

The upcoming CHP deployment is part of the NHTSA's nationwide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over'' campaign.


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