CHP Begins Annual Labor Day DUI “Max Enforcement” Period –

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The California Highway Patrol will ramp up operations in the San Diego area for three days beginning Friday as part of its annual effort to get drunk motorists off county roads over the weekend. -end of Labor Day.

During the peak enforcement period, scheduled from 6:00 p.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Monday, all available CHP officers will be on duty, searching local highways and rural roads for DUI offenders, the state agency said. .

“Driving while impaired by alcohol and drugs continues to be one of the leading causes of death and injury on the roads in California, and as soon as an impaired driver gets behind the wheel, they himself and anyone else on the road in grave danger,” the CHP commissioner said. said Amanda Ray.

“CHP is committed to implementing enforcement and non-enforcement strategies, including education and community engagement, to ensure the highest level of safety for all who travel to California. over the holidays,” Ray continued.

Over Labor Day weekend in 2021, CHP officers statewide arrested 985 motorists suspected of driving under the influence, 85 more than during the comparable period in 2020.

With most CHP officers officially certified as “drug recognition experts,” they are well equipped to spot motorists under the influence of marijuana and other non-alcoholic intoxicants, agency officials said.

The efforts coincide with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s ongoing nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

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