An end-of-year crackdown targeting drunk and drug-impaired drivers in Riverside County will begin Friday night.

The California Highway Patrol will initiate its New Year’s “maximum enforcement period” at 6 p.m. Friday, when all available officers deploy to catch impaired motorists, speeders and other traffic violators. The enforcement campaign will continue until late Tuesday.

Officers from the Riverside, Beaumont, Blythe, Indio and Temecula CHP stations will be on Inland Empire freeways, highways and unincorporated roads, looking to snare scofflaws.

“Impairment of any kind while driving is illegal,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said. “Alcohol, cannabis, or legal and illegal drugs can all affect your driving. Impaired driving is a serious crime that can lead to an arrest, serious injury or death.”

During the New Year’s maximum enforcement period that marked the end of 2017, the CHP arrested 936 DUI suspects statewide, compared to roughly 750 during the 2016 MEP.

Forty people died in collisions on roads under the CHP’s jurisdiction while the 2017 enforcement campaign was underway, according to the agency.

The holiday weekend crackdown coincides with year-end anti-DUI campaigns involving the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and multiple municipal law enforcement agencies countywide.

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