California Highway Patrol police have arrested an average of one drunk driver every five minutes since Christmas Eve, officials said Saturday morning.
As many Californians collided with the road during the holidays, CHP police officers began the maximum enforcement period to see if they were driving impaired or exceeded the speed limit.
It began at 6 pm since the enhanced enforcement.On Christmas Eve, a total of 318 people were arrested for driving under state-wide influence in just 30 hours, CHP said at 10:17 am.
This is about the same number of arrests made during this busy Thanksgiving Travel Week. On the weekend of July 4, this year, police arrested 738 drivers suspected of being drunk.
“The holiday season brings celebrations and time to spend with family and friends, but unfortunately it can cost a lot of lives on California roads,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said in a statement earlier this week.
CHP cited 2017 as an example of announcing the holiday’s greatest enforcement efforts.
That year, 16 people died on California roads during the holidays, and CHP arrested 917 people for drunk driving.
“This holiday season can be lighter, but it’s not an invitation to speed. Road rules continue to apply and drivers are tired, impaired, or distracted. It should be avoided, “said CHP officials.
The maximum enforcement of CHP will continue until 11:59 pm on December 27th.
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