RIVERSIDE (CNS) – California Highway Patrol officers are ramping up
operations on highways and roads throughout Riverside County through Monday to
catch , as part of the agency’s annual Labor
Day weekend enforcement campaign.
The “maximum enforcement period” will conclude at 11:59 p.m. Monday.
All available officers from the Beaumont, Blythe, Indio, Riverside and
Temecula stations will deploy for targeted crackdowns.
“Alcohol-and drug-impaired driving continues to be a leading cause of
traffic fatalities and injuries,” CHP Commissioner Sean Duryee said. “An
impaired driver behind the wheel puts himself and everyone on the road in great
Duryee said this year’s campaign will be part of a unified “tri-state
initiative,” with officers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety
and Nevada Highway Patrol also conducting targeted patrols.
“The CHP, along with our partners in Nevada and Arizona, is committed
to proactive enforcement throughout the holiday weekend,” he said. “We
will deploy all available personnel to ensure the highest level of safety for
During the 2022 Labor Day weekend MEP, CHP officers statewide arrested
just over 900 motorists on suspicion of driving under the influence,
compared to roughly 1,000 taken into custody during the same period in 2021.
Fifty-two people died in vehicle crashes throughout California over Labor Day weekend 2022, the agency said.
Officials noted that, with most CHP officers and sergeants certified
as “drug recognition experts,” or DREs, they will be better equipped to spot
motorists under the influence of marijuana and other drugs.
In addition to the CHP, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and
multiple municipal law enforcement agencies will conduct anti-DUI patrols
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