CHP out in full force this Memorial Day weekend
5/27/2011, 8:24 a.m.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.--Law enforcement officers will be out in force over the Memorial Day weekend targeting motorists who drink and drive, drive too fast or who are just reckless.
The California Highway Patrol's "maximum enforcement period'' begins at 6 p.m. and continues through 11:59 p.m. Monday, and all available officers will be on patrol, said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.
"As the public heads out to enjoy quality time with their family and friends this holiday weekend, we want them to have fun and be safe,'' Farrow said. "When you get in the car, make the choice to buckle up and ensure your passengers are secured as well.''
The enforcement period coincides with the 2011 "Click it or Ticket'' seatbelt enforcement campaign, which continues through June 5.
"While it's encouraging that California's current seatbelt and child safety seat usage rates are at an all-time high, it's the goal of law enforcement to get motorists to buckle up every day, not just over the holiday weekend,'' Farrow said.
Around Los Angeles County, various law enforcement agencies will be conducting sobriety checkpoints, including the following:
* Friday at 7 p.m., Los Angeles police will begin an eight-hour checkpoint on Topanga Canyon Boulevard near Devonshire Street.
* Friday at 7 p.m., Inglewood police will begin an eight-hour checkpoint on Crenshaw Boulevard near 102nd Street.
* On Saturday at 7 p.m., Los Angeles police will begin an eight-hour checkpoint on Florence Avenue near Main Street
* Also on Saturday at 7 p.m., Los Angeles police will begin an eight-hour checkpoint on Laurel Canyon Boulevard at Paxton Street.
On Sunday at noon, Los Angeles police will begin an eight-hour DUI "saturation patrol'' operation in the northeast area of the city.
Funding for DUI enforcement activities is provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.