CHP Fourth of July enforcement begins Thursday

The California Highway Patrol will have all available officers on the road Thursday evening looking for impaired and reckless drivers as its Fourth of July weekend enforcement begins.

The CHP’s maximum enforcement period starts at 6 p.m. Thursday and continues through Sunday night. Officers throughout the state, including Stanislaus County, will focus on speeders, drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs and those not wearing a seat belt.

On Fourth of July weekend last year, 56 people died in vehicle crashes statewide, the CHP reported. Among those who died, 70 percent were not wearing a seat belt.

“We want everyone to have a great Independence Day weekend, but we also want you to do it safely and responsibly,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a news release.

During last year’s holiday weekend, the CHP arrested 1,500 people on suspicion of driving under the influence throughout the state.