California Highway Patrol officers in the Antelope Valley will observe the New Year with a Maximum Enforcement Period that starts at 6:01 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, and continues to 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, authorities announced.
All available personnel will be on duty to remove impaired drivers from the road. Officers also will be watching for distracted driving, speeding, and seat belt violations.
During last year’s New Year’s Maximum Enforcement Period, 40 people died in collisions on California roadways; and more than two-thirds of the vehicle occupants that were killed within CHP’s jurisdiction were not wearing seat belts. CHP officers also arrested 936 motorists for driving under the influence during last year’s Maximum Enforcement Period, which was one day shorter than the upcoming holiday enforcement effort, officials said.
“Impairment of any kind while driving is illegal. Alcohol, cannabis, or legal or illegal drugs can all affect your driving,” stated CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley. “Impaired driving is a serious crime that can lead to an arrest, serious injury, or death.”
Numerous alternatives to driving impaired are available, including ride-hailing services, public transportation, or calling a taxi or a sober friend or family member, CHP officials said.
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“Numerous alternatives to driving impaired are available, including ride-hailing services, public transportation, or calling a taxi or a sober friend or family member…”
One can also walk, jog, ride a bike, or a skateboard.
transportation is delusional says
your alternatives can also get you a drunk in public charge. If they are too intoxicated to drive, what makes you think they aren’t too intoxicated to walk on the right side of the street? Or rise their bike erratically in the street. Damn, think before you speak!
Jogging While Intoxicated says
I don’t think Transportation was being serious.
You can get a DUI in California on a bicycle, horse, Razor scooter, golf cart, and lawn tractor. I know first hand on the bike and horse from a family friend. Plus remember sleeping in a parked car won’t help you either. Best bet arrange a ride before you go out.
F__k the AV says
If a cop tried to give me a DUI on, say, a skateboard he’d end up with a few missing teeth before cuffing me. May as well give them a legit reason for arrest. And, I’ve been pulled over on my bicycle while bicycle booze-cruising with friends and never got a DUI.
Charles P says
Not everyone gets caught. My brother got arrested and charged with drunk in public and operation of a bike while intoxicated in Oceanside last year. Wasn’t as expensive and didn’t lose his license but still had to pay and do all the same classes as a DUI.
… 5 highest grossing traffic ticket revenue events, on the CHP’s calendar year:
1). Mexifornia Day (e.g., the 5th of May) –
2). the 4th of July –
3). St. Patrick’s Day –
4). Super Bowl Sunday –
5). New Year’s Eve –
Just wondering says
if it isn’t also high revenue grossing days for funeral homes and hospitals, due to many people being killed or maimed by people who shouldn’t be driving.