- Eastern Group Publications - http://egpnews.com -
CHP Steps Up Enforcement Over Holiday Weekend
Posted By admin On July 4, 2013 @ 6:20 am In Bell Gardens,Bell Gardens Sun,Boyle Heights,City of Commerce,City of Los Angeles,City Terrace,City Terrace Comet,Commerce Comet,County of Los Angeles,Cypress Park,Eagle Rock,East Los Angeles (LA City),East Los Angeles (Unincorp.),Eastside Sun,El Monte,El Sereno,ELA Brooklyn Belvedere Comet,General News,Glassell Park,Hermon,Highland Park,Lincoln Heights,Maywood,Mexican American Sun,Montebello,Montebello Comet,Monterey Park,Monterey Park Comet,Mt. Washington,Northeast Los Angeles,Northeast Sun,Pico Rivera,Southeast Los Angeles,Vernon,Vernon Sun,Wyvernwood Chronicle | No Comments
Law enforcement officers will be out in force over the Fourth of July weekend, on the lookout for motorists driving while impaired or otherwise violating traffic laws.
The California Highway Patrol’s “maximum enforcement period” began Wednesday at 6 p.m., and will continue through 11:59 p.m. Sunday.
“All available officers will be out on the roadways for enhanced enforcement efforts, and (will) be available to assist motorists in need,” said CHP Southern Division Chief Dan Bower.
Officers will look for motorists who are driving drunk, but will also focus on reducing problems caused by aggressive
drivers, Bower said.
“Aggressive drivers often commit multiple moving violations, in addition to speeding,” Bower said.
“This combination often results in needless traffic collisions, with serious injuries,” Bower said. “CHP’s goal is to eliminate this behavior through education and enforcement, ultimately saving lives.”
Funding for the increased enforcement program was provided by a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Other local police agencies are also using the grant to fund stepped up enforcement activities over the holiday.
“The Fourth of July weekend … means trips to the beach, pool parties, and barbecues,” the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, it could also mean drunk driving, traffic collisions, injuries and deaths.”
Authorities urged motorists to follow common-sense guidelines:
—designate a sober driver before leaving home, and give that person your keys;
—wear your seatbelt, as this is your best protection against an impaired or aggressive driver;
—use public transportation, if possible; and
—if you become impaired, don’t get behind the wheel.
“Impaired drivers place other drivers – and pedestrians – at risk of being involved in a traffic collision,” the LAPD said.
“Driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or higher is illegal in every state,” police said. “Call 911 if you see a possible drunk driver on the road.”
Article printed from Eastern Group Publications: http://egpnews.com
URL to article: http://egpnews.com/2013/07/chp-steps-up-enforcement-over-holiday-weekend/
Copyright © 2013 Eastern Group Publications, Inc. 5/09 All rights reserved.