The Palmdale Sheriff’s station will host its monthly “Coffee with a Cop” session today at a new location. The session will begin at 9 a.m. at Legacy Commons, 930 East Avenue Q-9.

The informal meet-up between Sheriff’s deputies and residents is designed as an opportunity to discuss community issues, to forge better relationships between law enforcement and residents and, of course, to have a cup of coffee and dunk a few donuts. Residents are encouraged to ask questions and learn more about the Sheriff’s department’s work in Palmdale neighborhoods. “Coffee with a Cop” is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our deputies,” said Capt. Don Ford of the Palmdale Sheriff’s station. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

While visiting with law enforcement this morning, officials will likely discuss its zero-tolerance rule regarding impaired driving this holiday weekend. Besides the Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be out in full force through Monday night looking for drunk or impaired drivers and assisting motorists in need. The Labor Day Maximum Enforcement Period will begin tonight at 6:01 and continue through 11:59 p.m. Monday. All available CHP officers will be on duty.

“Drunk driving is one of the most serious traffic-related issues we face today,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Make sure your plans for your end-of-summer celebrations also include a safe way to get home for yourself and your passengers. If you are caught drunk driving, you will be arrested.” Last year, the CHP made more than 1,100 arrests for driving under the influence.

Forty-nine people died in California over the Labor Day weekend in each of the past two years. Last year, 13 people killed in the CHP jurisdiction were not wearing seatbelts. Nationwide last year, 38 percent of all crash fatalities involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. One in five child passenger deaths were the result of drunk driving crashes.