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CHP Hits Highways En Masse This Weekend

The extra enforcement for the New Years holiday starts at 6 p.m. Friday.

The California Highway Patrol is urging people to drive safe and sober during New Years weekend, and promises officers will be out to enforce traffic laws—especially drunken driving—for those who aren't.

The CHP will increase enforcement starting at 6 p.m. Friday and continue through noon on Tuesday, Jan. 1.

“Hopefully with the presence of additional officers on the roadway during the holiday season, everyone will arrive safely at their destination," CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a prepared statement.

Over last New Year’s holiday, 25 people were killed in collisions throughout California. The majority of the highway deaths involved people who were not wearing seat belts, according to the CHP. Highway Patrol officers also made more than 1,200 arrests for driving under the influence during last New Year.

There was increased enforcement earlier this week for the Christmas holiday. Throughout that 102-hour reporting period in California, 39 people were killed in collisions and CHP officers arrested 1,170 drivers for DUI.

“Our ultimate goal is to help prevent avoidable tragedy by encouraging the public to make responsible choices such as designating a sober driver, buckling up, and traveling at a speed safe for conditions,” Farrow said.

Farrow encouraged people to designate a sober driver before celebrations begin. For those who don't, AAA is offering Tipsy Tow on New Years. The free service provides a one-way ride for the driver and tow for the vehicle to the driver's home—up to 10 miles.

Drivers, potential passengers, party hosts, bartenders, and restaurant managers can call 800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) for a free tow home from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday.

San Mateo County Yellow Cab can also be reached any time at (650) 312-1212.

wolfone December 29, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Chris, Some years ago I worked at a health food store and next door was a coffee espresso shop. (Before Starbucks, they used organic coffee) I always felt guilty drinking the coffee? :( One day I came in and thought "wouldn't it be awesome if coffee has some health benefits"? And then later that morning a study came out that coffee as a been was high in anti-oxidants! True, I think it was a study in Hawaii. But I think the drunk driving laws should be enforced all year round! Not just "the Holidays"! I think the AAA is so awesome doing this service, why not stick a tiny tax on your membership and do it year round? Also people need to get back to the earth to deal with problems, but it is so hard, when everything is going nutz,trying to pay rent or eat? People need to cope in a different way, like yoga or meditation. I wish there were more low cost classes or even Ti Chi classes, to help people?
wolfone December 29, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Chris we all love our Coffee :) Probably more than 3...you should blog here. ;-)

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