The California Highway Patrol will be stepping up enforcement operations in high-traffic zones throughout the Riverside metropolitan area to catch drunken or drug-impaired drivers, it was announced today.
The CHP received a federal grant in support of a yearlong anti-DUI campaign, according to Riverside CHP Officer Travis Monks.
He said officers from the Riverside CHP Office this week will begin "enhanced enforcement" along "major access routes" connecting Riverside, Corona, Norco, Jurupa Valley, Lake Elsinore, Perris, Menifee, Moreno Valley and surrounding communities.
"With a pro-active approach to eliminating driving under the influence, we can continue to reduce the number of collisions occurring in Riverside County," said CHP Capt. Amanda Snowden, commander of the Riverside office. "This grant will help to keep the momentum going by removing impaired drivers before they destroy any more lives."
Targeted patrols will be conducted on Interstates 15 and 215, as well as state Routes 60, 71 and 74 and 91, according to Monks.
Drivers will also notice an increased CHP presence at heavily used junctures in the metro area, including Cajalco Road and Van Buren Boulevard, Monks said.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-funded campaign will run to Oct. 1, 2014. --City News Service