The California Highway Patrol reported Sunday that 36-hours into the Labor Day Maximum Enforcement period that they have made 607 DUI arrests.
CHP reminds the public that DUI is not just alcohol and to designate a sober driver before you get behind the wheel.
The Labor Day Maximum Enforcement Period began Friday at 5:00 pm and continues through 5:00 pm Monday, September 5.
According to CHP, 43 people were killed in vehicle crashes on California roadways during the holiday weekend in 2021. Additionally, CHP officers made 985 DUI arrests and issued more than 6,000 speeding citations throughout the state during last year’s Labor Day weekend. Avoid being arrested for DUI and becoming a statistic. Designate a driver or use a ride-share service, and always wear your seat belt.
“Alcohol-and drug-impaired driving continues to be a leading cause of traffic fatalities and injuries in California, and the moment an impaired driver gets behind the wheel, they put themselves and every other person on the road in great danger,” said CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray. “The CHP is committed to enforcement and non-enforcement strategies, including education and community engagement, to ensure the highest level of safety for everyone traveling throughout California during the holiday.”
If you see or suspect an impaired driver, call 9-1-1 immediately. Be prepared to provide the dispatcher a description of the vehicle, the license plate number, location, and direction of travel. Your phone call may save someone’s life.
The CHP’s MEP coincides with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s ongoing impaired driving national enforcement campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” which continues through September 5.
The mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security.