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California Highway Patrol steps up enforcement for Labor Day weekend, offers safety tips

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Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2012 10:27 am | Updated: 4:23 pm, Thu Aug 30, 2012.

The California Highway Patrol is urging drivers to be safe over Labor Day weekend and plans to have all available patrol officers out on the road issuing tickets.

The CHP will have a maximum enforcement period from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight on Monday.

In a news release, officers especially warned against speeding and impaired driving. During last year’s three-day holiday, 29 people were killed in traffic collisions. Of those deaths, 19 drivers were not wearing their seat belt.

CHP officers arrest on average around 1,500 drivers in California every Labor Day weekend for driving under the influence.

Officers gave some safety tips for this weekend:

  • Pick a non-drinking designated driver in advance or plan for transportation before you start drinking alcohol. Party hosts should provide non-alcoholic drinks to drivers.
  • Fasten your seat belt or wear proper motorcycle safety equipment.
  • Avoid any distractions while behind the wheel.
  • Leave early, so you do not have to speed to get to your location.
  • Make sure to get enough sleep, so you are not driving fatigued.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com. Read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/citybuzz.

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