My News LA reports that the California Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies across the state will be looking for impaired drivers over the remainder of the holiday season.
In a statement on Tuesday, December 19, the CHP advised motorists to drive safely during the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holidays or face the consequences.
The CHP said that it will begin its annual Maximum Enforcement Period at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 21, by deploying all available officers to catch drivers who may be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, those breaking the speed limit or “other scofflaws.”
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department also said it intends to have extra patrols on duty through New Year’s Day who will be on the lookout for impaired drivers.
The CHP’s Maximum Enforcement Period will run through the weekend and conclude on Monday, December 25. Another Maximum Enforcement Period is scheduled for the weekend surrounding New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
“As we celebrate the joy of the season, let’s make a collective commitment to prioritize safety on our roads,” CHP Commissioner Sean Duryee told reporters. “Your loved ones are waiting for you at home. Buckle up, drive responsibly, and have a plan that includes a safe, sober ride before you head out for the evening.”
During the holidays in 2022, the CHP arrested 639 drivers on suspicion of DUI. This number was almost double the 341 drivers arrested on suspicion of DUI in 2021.