LANCASTER – The California Highway Patrol conducted roving patrols this past weekend in the Antelope Valley as part of an effort to keep the motoring public safe during the 77th annual Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival.
Eleven additional units [22 officers] were deployed during the CHP’s Impaired Driver Task Force (IDTF) operation, which was conducted from 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 to 6 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, according to CHP Officer Gil Hernandez.
Hernandez said the task force was extremely successful in removing impaired drivers from the road.
“The IDTF detail resulted in 21 DUI arrests, one felony arrest and one other arrest through the early hours of Sunday morning compared to 18 DUI and three felony arrests made during the same time the year prior,” Hernandez said.
The CHP will continue to saturate the Antelope Valley for the duration of the A.V. Fair, which runs through Aug. 30. At least one DUI checkpoint will be conducted by the CHP during that time, as well.
“Anytime we take an impaired driver off the road, we are potentially saving lives,” stated Captain Gretchen M. Jacobs, Commander of the Antelope Valley Area Office. “You can rest assured that if you drive under the influence of any substance, the CHP will stop you, arrest you and prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.”
The California Highway Patrol encourages everyone to celebrate and enjoy the Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival by doing so responsibly.
A DUI crash or arrest can be averted in a number of ways, advises the CHP, which issued the following tips to local residents:
- Refrain from drinking if you are the driver.
- Ride with someone who has not been drinking.
- Use public transportation or call a taxi or a friend if you have been drinking.
- Select a designated driver.
For more information, contact CHP Antelope Valley Officer Gil Hernandez at 661-948-8541.