California DUI criminal defense lawyers and California DUI criminal defense attorneys report that tonight through Sunday night, the California Highway Patrol will deploy all available officers in Riverside County to crack down on drunken driving and other traffic violations as part of a statewide Thanksgiving holiday weekend enforcement campaign.
The CHP's “maximum enforcement period,” during which 80 percent of the agency's officers hit the streets, begins at 6 Wednesday night and wraps up at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.
Officers will ratchet up efforts to catch drunken or drug-impaired drivers and other motorists responsible for “primary collision factors” such as speeding and unsafe lane changes, according to the CHP.
“Thanksgiving is a time for us all to be thankful for what we have,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a statement. “If fewer people lose their lives on our roads and highways, I will have something else to be truly thankful for.”
During last year's Thanksgiving MEP, four people died in two separate traffic collisions in the Riverside area, according to California DUI criminal defense lawyers.
She said officers from the CHP's Riverside office responded to 110 collisions, 35 of which involved injuries. Officers wrote a total 2,605 citations, including 957 speeding tickets, in the year-ago Thanksgiving holiday period, according to California DUI criminal defense lawyers. Thirty-eight people were arrested for drunken driving, California DUI criminal defense lawyers said.
Statewide, a total 1,628 people were arrested last year on suspicion of DUI – a 2.5 percent drop from the previous year, California DUI criminal defense lawyers showed.