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CHP to mount statewide DUI crackdown on Labor Day Weekend

Posted: August 30, 2010 12:00 p.m.
Updated: August 30, 2010 12:00 p.m.

SACRAMENTO - California Highway Patrol officers are preparing for the final maximum enforcement period of the summer driving season, which will begin Friday, Sept. 3 at 6:01 p.m.

The Labor Day maximum enforcement period continues through 11:59 p.m., Monday, Sept. 6.

"I hope everyone enjoys the Labor Day weekend by keeping safety in mind," CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said. "With many families headed for fun, the highways will be crowded and congested with traffic. Mixing these factors with alcohol, speed and not wearing a safety belt can lead to a deadly consequence."

Although fatalities caused by collisions were far lower than previous Labor Day weekends, last year 12 people were killed in crashes on California roadways. In addition, 75 percent of all vehicle occupants killed in CHP jurisdiction were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

In addition to the Labor Day maximum enforcement period, the CHP is in the midst of an aggressive crackdown on impaired driving which began on Aug. 20. The national "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest" campaign is a coordinated effort of law enforcement agencies throughout the country and continues through the holiday weekend.

Last year during the Labor Day weekend, CHP officers throughout the state made 1,417 arrests for driving under the influence.

"If we find you driving impaired we will arrest you, no exceptions," Farrow said. "DUI is a careless disregard for human life."

Motorists are encouraged to call 911 if they encounter a suspected drunk driver. To help law enforcement, callers should be prepared to provide dispatchers a description of the vehicle, its location and direction of travel.

"Take care of yourself and your loved ones. Designate a driver in advance, always wear your seat belt, don't speed and be sure to pay attention to the road," Farrow said.



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