February 25, 2024
California Freeway Patrol officers on bikes. Courtesy CHP

Drive secure and sober through the upcoming Christmas vacation weekend, or face penalties, the California Freeway Patrol warned Tuesday.

The company will provoke its annual Christmastime “most enforcement interval” starting at 6 p.m. Friday, when all obtainable officers will deploy to catch drunken or drug-impaired drivers, speeders and different scofflaws.

The MEP will conclude late Monday night time.

“As we rejoice the enjoyment of the season, let’s make a collective dedication to prioritize security on our roads,” CHP Commissioner Sean Duryee stated. “Your family members are ready for you at dwelling — buckle up, drive responsibly and have a plan that features a secure, sober journey earlier than you head out for the night.”

Throughout final 12 months’s Christmas MEP, CHP officers statewide arrested 639 motorists on suspicion of DUI, in comparison with 341 the 12 months earlier than, which was of a lot shorter period. Based on the company, 26 individuals died in crashes inside the CHP’s jurisdiction throughout Christmas weekend 2022. Nearly half of the victims weren’t carrying security restraints.

Officers from native regulation enforcement companies throughout San Diego County are additionally anticipated to be out in power over the vacation weekend.

One other CHP most enforcement interval is slated for New Yr’s weekend.

–Metropolis Information Service