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CHP's Christmas Weekend Crackdown has begun


Last updated 12/21/2018 at 9:56am

RIVERSIDE - California Highway Patrol officers will deploy in strength throughout the Inland Empire for the start of the agency's Christmastime crackdown on drunken and drug-impaired drivers.

The Christmas holiday weekend "maximum enforcement period'' got underway at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 and will continue until Tuesday night. All available officers will deploy during the MEP to catch DUI suspects, speeders and other traffic violators.

During last year's Christmastime enforcement campaign, the CHP arrested 917 people statewide for DUI, compared to 621 arrests the year before.

"The California Highway Patrol wishes everyone a happy and, most importantly, safe holiday season,'' CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said. "Please remember to drive sober, avoid distractions, always buckle up, leave plenty of time to reach your destination, and consider the possibility of inclement weather.''

A total of 16 people died in collisions on roads and highways under the CHP's jurisdiction during the 2017 Christmas holiday weekend, according to the agency, adding that six of those killed were not wearing seatbelts.

Officers from the Riverside, Beaumont, Blythe, Indio and Temecula CHP stations will be on inland freeways, highways and unincorporated roads in Riverside County, looking to snare scofflaws during the four-day MEP.

The campaign will coincide with end-of-year holiday enforcement efforts now underway in jurisdictions handled by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, as well as multiple municipal police agencies, which are using saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints to apprehend drunken and drug-impaired drivers.


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