CHP to use “maximum enforcement” over Memorial Day weekend

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest travel weekends of the year and law enforcement officers throughout San Diego County will be on the lookout today for drunken and drugged drivers, motorists not wearing seatbelts and those without valid licenses.

California Highway Patrol officers in San Diego County and throughout the state will begin their annual “Memorial Day Maximum Enforcement Period” at 6:01 p.m. Until 11:59 p.m. Monday, they plan to focus on motorists violating seatbelt regulations, driving while distracted, or driving under the influence of drugs, according to a CHP statement.

CHP officers statewide arrested more than 1,125 suspected drunken drivers during last year’s maximum enforcement period.

San Diego police are planning an overnight checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the city. Officers will be screening drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment and for proper licensing from 11 p.m. today until 3 a.m. Saturday, according to a SDPD statement.

In Escondido, police officers participating in the national "Click It or Ticket” campaign will be on the lookout for seatbelt scofflaws over the holiday weekend and during the upcoming week, authorities said.

“Hundreds of thousands of citizens will be traveling this Memorial Day weekend, as well as throughout the summer vacation season,” California Office of Traffic Safety Director Rhonda Craft said. "We want to make sure that people are buckling up to keep themselves and their families safe. It is the greatest defense in a vehicle crash.”

The CHP is also participating in the Click It or Ticket campaign.

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