California Highway Patrol officers will initiate concentrated operations on highways, freeways and roads throughout Riverside County Friday and continue through the entire Memorial Day weekend to snare drunken and other unsafe drivers as part of a statewide campaign.
Beginning at 6 p.m., the CHP will start its holiday weekend “maximum enforcement period,” during which all available officers hit the streets to catch impaired motorists, as well as other traffic violators. The crackdown will conclude at 11:59 p.m. Monday.
“Memorial Day should be a time for honoring our fallen heroes and spending time with loved ones,” CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray said. “It should never be marked by tragedy caused by car crashes. Please buckle up, follow all traffic laws and arrive at your destination safely.”
Officers from the Beaumont, Blythe, Indio, Riverside and Temecula CHP stations will be part of the deployment.
Ray said that seatbelt safety will be among priorities, as the agency continues a weeks-long “Click It or Ticket” campaign sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
During last year’s Memorial Day weekend enforcement effort, the CHP arrested 979 motorists on suspicion of drunken or drug-impaired driving, compared to 854 in 2020.
Thirty-five vehicle occupants were killed in collisions investigated by the CHP during the 2021 operation. According to the agency, almost two-thirds of the victims were not wearing safety restraints of any kind.
The MEP will coincide with sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols planned in a number of municipalities and in unincorporated communities countywide patrolled by sheriff’s deputies.