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CHP out in force over holiday to curb drunk driving

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Posted: Friday, December 28, 2007 10:00 pm

The California Highway Patrol announced Friday that up to 80 percent of its officers will be on the road looking for drunk drivers during the "holiday maximum enforcement period," which runs until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

"Unless you'd like to ring in 2008 on a roadside or in a local jail with law enforcement officers, have a designated driver if you are going to be out partying this weekend," CHP Commissioner Mike Brown said in a statement released Friday.

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  • posted at 4:40 pm on Fri, Jan 4, 2008.


    I believe that there was a much greater use of electronic signs and media warnings than there were actually CHP officers patrolling the roads. It's been years since we have seen a proactive patrol on our daily commute. City police do a far better job of monitoring traffic problems, and the CHP now spends more time on guarding politicians. No excuse for disobeying the laws, however, which are put in place to protect everyone. It takes complete sobriety and attention to drive a car, and there are alternatives to getting behind the wheel if one is unable to drive safely. We must monitor our own actions. There is no one out there looking out for the safety of those who do obey traffic laws.

  • posted at 9:10 am on Thu, Jan 3, 2008.


    It was odd not to see one police officer at 1:00am Jan 1st on the way home, driving from one end of Lodi to the other. Where were they? Were they already making arrests?

  • posted at 2:53 am on Thu, Jan 3, 2008.


    Don't forget to target those illegal aliens and gang members, they kill too.

  • posted at 2:27 am on Wed, Jan 2, 2008.


    It would be too easy to do a checkpoint for pot smokers. Set it up en route to the fast food places or convenience stores, and get them when the munchies kick in. Like shooting fish in a barrel.

  • posted at 4:44 am on Tue, Jan 1, 2008.


    Not only do they need to set up more dui checkpoints, they need to start testing people for pot smoking behind the wheel.

  • posted at 6:08 am on Mon, Dec 31, 2007.


    Wudbrigegal, What? OMG, duh! You must have gotten your first 502 already, and are pissed you didn't slip through the road block. Let me hit you with my truck at 35 mph and see if you get a bruse. Did you just turn 21?

  • posted at 3:28 pm on Sun, Dec 30, 2007.


    WudbridgGal: I'm dumbfounded. Are you advocating being drunk, but stay under 35 mph? What are you saying here?

  • posted at 2:51 pm on Sun, Dec 30, 2007.


    T&C, I love to drink (occasionally) but never leave my house when I do. We stay at home. Because of your honesty in your posts I drink maybe once a month. Hopefully, soon, I will join your ranks and quit all together. Happy New Year.

  • posted at 1:20 pm on Sun, Dec 30, 2007.


    The penalty for first time offenders who hurt NOBODY is excessive! Driving 30-35 miles an hour in town puts very view people at risk unless your completely polluted- .20 and above.

  • posted at 4:44 am on Sun, Dec 30, 2007.


    T&C, if that's a joke, it's a bad one. I've seen people killed by drunk drivers. I've seen drunks driving on the wrong side of the road. DUIs aren't just minor traffic tickets.

  • posted at 1:36 pm on Sat, Dec 29, 2007.


    T & C, you're kidding right? Not all drunk drivers are alcoholics, but all drunk drivers are a potential for death. Give them a break? No, I don't think so. The laws are there for a reason. Enforce them.

  • posted at 9:47 am on Sat, Dec 29, 2007.


    Give the drunks a break please! The street on South Main Street where the AA counseling is located is "Jammed with cars already"! Why not just give them a warning for once?



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