With one of the year's biggest long weekends looming, the California Highway Patrol says officers will keep close tabs on revelers and do everything possible to keep roads safe.
The Independence Day long weekend is huge for the 7,600 uniformed officers who make up the state's highway police force.
All available CHP officers will be on the road to help keep the fireworks where they belong - in the sky, CHP Commissioner
Joe Farrow said in a hews release.
Last year, 41 people died on California's
roadways, Farrow noted, with nearly half of those killed in CHP jurisdiction not wearing
seat belts at the time of the crash.
Long before the long weekend arrives, the CHP may spark some fireworks of its own.
We still don't know what the California Association of Highway Patrolmen's raise will be for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, a figure usually announced before now.
Neither CHP spokeswoman Fran Clader nor Department of Personnel Administration spokeswoman Lynelle Jolley was able to say today if CHP officers get a raise.
The CAHP's contract calls for its officers' wages to
automatically adjust in July, using an average calculated from the results of a salary survey of five big law enforcement agencies around the state.
The city police agencies included in the survey are Oakland, San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles, along with the Los Angeles County Sheriff.
The CAHP has suffered none of the furloughs forced upon other state workers.
For that reason alone, even a modest raise could trigger a lot of anger and outcry.
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