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CHP Says 'Maximum Enforcement' Begins Dec. 21

The CHP's "maximum enforcement period" will run from 6 p.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

Beginning tomorrow, the California Highway Patrol will be deploying all available officers for a Christmas holiday weekend crackdown on drunken drivers, speeders and other traffic violators.

The CHP's "maximum enforcement period" will run from 6 p.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

"The winter holidays can pose some of the toughest challenges for our officers," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. "Inclement weather, holiday celebrations and drivers in a hurry to get to their destination can make for a deadly combination. We want you to enjoy the season and remember that safety is a crucial element."

During last year's Christmas MEP, the Riverside CHP office logged 23 DUI arrests. One person was killed locally in a DUI-related collision.

Statewide, there were 980 arrests, and 14 people killed.

The MEP coincides with the Riverside County Avoid the 30 task force's end-of-year holiday crackdown, which got under way last Friday.

The task force, named for the number of participating law enforcement agencies, will be deploying saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints through Jan. 1 to snare drunken or drug-impaired motorists.

The Teller of Truth December 21, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Shouldn't 'maximum enforcement' be every day? I wonder what and when 'minimum enforcement' is ??
SA December 21, 2012 at 10:44 PM
I say don’t drink and drive as you may spill your drink.
Ken December 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Cell phone drivers in my opion are worse than any drunk driver. You can tell when a person is impared because they will usually be slower than traffic and weaving back and forth. So you just stay behind them and they can't run over you. But those retarded idiots that are yakking on their phone and get so involved in their conversation that they create a major danger by not paying attention to where they are going. Like running stop signs, changeing lanes with out signaling and at a moments notice because they almost missed their exit or street they needed to turn down. Or they will stand at a traffic light that has turned green 2 and 3 times before they wake and drive and causing people behind them to get rear ended by other drivers expecting the traffic to drive thru the light when it turns green. Or their so busy B S ing that they pull out into on coming traffic. The law needs to get strickter on these idiots that think when their on the road it's social hour to yak with all their family and friends and expect everyone else to look out for their irratic driving. They are 10 times more dagerous than any drunk driver I have ever encountered.
Dragon Skull December 22, 2012 at 04:19 PM
CHP do "maxium enforcement" every day to the best of their ability but this means there will be more officers on the road than in a normal day. Like officers working on their days off.
Erin novosad December 23, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Ken, I so agree! Most folks ” can't” drive for beans, insert cell phone and become an instant idiot!

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