At least three highway traffic collisions affected the Lodi area on Wednesday.
A big rig spilled its load of peaches when it turned over in a single-vehicle collision on southbound Highway 99 near the Interstate 5 connector on Wednesday morning, causing all lanes of southbound Highway 99 to close until the afternoon for cleanup, according to a post on the California Highway Patrol North Sacramento Office’s Twitter page.
It was unknown as of press time whether any injuries were reported.
A three-vehicle collision occurred on Highway 99 at Turner Road in Lodi at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to CHP’s website, and a two-vehicle collision occurred at approximately 5:37 p.m. in the same location.
Stockton CHP dispatch confirmed that no injuries were reported in either collision.
The causes of Wednesday’s collisions are not yet known.
However, that’s not the case for many crashes during the holiday season.
Lodi Police Lt. Eric Versteeg said collisions caused by driving under the influence are more common at this time of year.
“There does tend to be an uptick in DUI collisions around holiday time,” he said.
The Lodi Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a checkpoint on the 800 block of South Ham Lane from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 2:30 a.m. Saturday, according to a Saturday press release, looking for people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol as well as unlicensed drivers or those driving with suspended or revoked licenses.
One person was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, one was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and one was arrested or cited for driving without a license or with a suspended or revoked license, the press release said.
In addition to the DUI and drivers license checkpoint, Versteeg said Lodi police will conduct additional DUI saturation patrols throughout the rest of the year.
“Research does indicate that saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints do reduce the number of DUI collisions,” Versteeg said.
CHP will also conduct their New Year’s Maximum Enforcement Period from 6:01 p.m. Friday until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Wednesday press release, will all available personnel looking for impaired drivers, distracted driving, speeding and seat belt violations as well as drivers in need of assistance.
Forty people died in collisions on California roads during last year’s enforcement period, the press release said, and CHP officers made 936 arrests for suspected DUI.
“Impairment of any kind while driving is illegal. Alcohol, cannabis, or legal or illegal drugs can all affect your driving,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said in the press release. “Impaired driving is a serious crime that can lead to an arrest, serious injury, or death.”
Versteeg encouraged people to drink responsibly and to use rideshare services if they plan to drink.