ABC 30 in Fresno reports that as of Sunday night, the California Highway Patrol’s Fresno Office has made nine DUI arrests so far this Labor Day Holiday weekend.
The CHP began its maximum enforcement period on Friday, extending through the three-day weekend and ending on Labor Day, Monday at midnight.
“It is the end of a good summer,” Mike Salas with the California Highway Patrol told reporter Brianna Willis. “Labor Day is usually traditionally that one holiday weekend that everyone is excited about. “
According to Sallas, all available CHP officers will be out on patrol, not only on the freeways but also out in the county. Other law enforcement agencies throughout California will also be out on the streets.
In 2022, the CHP made over 900 DUI arrests and gave out more than 5,700 speeding tickets. In the Central Valley, 52 people were killed during the Labor Day holiday weekend.
While those numbers from a year ago are staggering, Officer Sallas said that they now have 9 DUI arrests just in Fresno so far.
The weather conditions are an added concern for the CHP and other law enforcement agencies, in addition to ensuring that intoxicated drivers are kept off the road.
“Make sure you check the windshield wipers, the tires, make sure your car is in good working condition because the last thing you want is to be stranded on the road somewhere,” Sallas said.
According to AAA, domestic bookings for hotels and rental vehicles is up 4% from 2022. They recommend the best times to be on the road is at night or in the morning in order to avoid traffic.