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CHP Made 998 DUI Arrests During July 4 Holiday Weekend

by ECT

The California Highway Patrol reported Tuesday that during its Independence Day Maximum Enforcement Period, it made 998 DUI Arrests. 44 people died statewide in CHP jurisdiction during the 78-hour enforcement period efforts.

There were 43 people killed in crashes on California’s roadways during the 2021 Independence Day MEP, and more than one-third of the vehicle occupants who died within CHP jurisdiction were not wearing a seat belt. In addition, the CHP made 997 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs during the holiday enforcement effort.

The California Highway Patrol deployed extra patrol officers over the holiday weekend as part of its Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) that began at 6:01 p.m. on Friday, July 1, through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, July 4.

In addition to speeding violations, officers were on the lookout for distracted and aggressive drivers, and motorists suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The average cost of a first-time DUI arrest is approximately $13,500, accounting for vehicle impound fees, fines, attorney fees, auto insurance hikes and other penalties.

Fourth of July weekend enforcement efforts are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Meanwhile, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) reminded licensees to serve alcohol responsibly this Fourth of July weekend by remembering to check identifications, not sell to obviously intoxicated patrons, and not over-serve customers. ABC also reminded the public to be responsible by planning ahead and designating a sober driver, if they choose to celebrate with alcohol.

ABC protects communities through education and by administering prevention and enforcement programs designed to increase compliance with California’s alcoholic beverage laws. ABC is a department of the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency.

Along with CHP, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District had a busy 4th of July responding to multiple fires which many were caused by fireworks. Here is a rundown: Click here.

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