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CHP Begins 10-Month Crackdown On Drunken Driving

The campaign to target impaired drivers will begin Dec. 1.

The California Highway Patrol announced Wednesday it will implement a 10-month Driving Under the Influence program.

The program, which begins on Dec. 1 and is funded by a federal grant , will target impaired drivers along a 45.3-mile segment of Interstate 15 (I-15) in Riverside County, the major access route between the coast and inland populations.

“This grant will help to fund an aggressive enforcement and education campaign that will support our effort to remove impaired drivers from the roadway,” said CHP Capt. Ernie Sanchez, commander of the Temecula Area office.  “Too many people are being killed or seriously injured because of a drunk or drugged driver.”

During the course of 10-month periods (December 1, 2007, and September 30, 2010), an average of four people were killed and 63 were injured in alcohol-involved collisions, according to authorities.

This traffic safety effort will also include a task force comprising of the CHP, Lake Elsinore, Murrieta and Temecula Police Departments, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Caltrans-District 8, County Supervisor Jeff Stone, and local residents. 

Reverend Smith November 29, 2012 at 07:59 AM
So keep your cell phone at hand and get license numbers - even partial license numbers and general description of the car will let the CHP find wasted drivers before they kill someone. It's clear to me that if we didn't have the CHP doing this kind of job, our roads would resemble Road Warrior or the road to Baghdad airport in Iraq. Give the CHiPs a hand. For this they'd even overlook if you make the call without hands free.
Ken Lewis November 29, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Will they now also arrest their own like the ex chief of police from Riverside for example that a couple years ago was driving under both the influence of alcohol and illegal narcotics while totaling out several police cars, utility poles and a fire hydrant while being chased but was never charged with DUI. Instead he was driven home by the boys in blue and tucked in bed and later was allowed to retire with full pay and benefits and no charges ever filed.
Elsinorian November 29, 2012 at 08:27 PM
How about cracking down on the unimpaired drivers who drive like idiots and put everyone around them in danger?
sean December 01, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Fuuuuuuck nooooo more chp on the freeway now -_- just means more speeding tickets

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