The California Highway Patrol will be out looking for drunken drivers this Labor Day weekend, starting Friday evening in Stanislaus County and throughout the state.
The final three-day weekend of the summer means there will definitely be a lot of drivers on the road. The CHP maximum enforcement period starts at 6 p.m. Friday and continues through late Monday. All available CHP officers will be on the road looking for drivers under then influence of alcohol or drugs.
CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said their goal this weekend is to prevent tragedies from occurring. He urged holiday travelers to buckle-up, drive at a safe speed, avoid driving distractions and designate a sober driver.
Last year, 49 people died in crashes statewide on Labor Day weekend, which was a 40 percent increase from the year before.
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The CHP’s enforcement this holiday weekend will coincide with anti-DUI efforts from local law enforcement agencies in the county.
“While many people will spend the long weekend celebrating with their friends and family, the law enforcement community will be on patrol working to keep the highways hazard fee,” Farrow said in a news release.