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CHP targets DUI drivers after deadly, dangerous month for officers

The California Highway Patrol is launching an anti-DUI campaign after five officers were struck by other vehicles in the past month while servicing motorists on the freeway.

Out of the last five collisions involving CHP vehicles in the Bay Area, three were DUI related, the CHP reported in a Facebook post. The DUI-related crashes resulted in the fatal injury to Officer Andrew Camilleri and injuries ranging from minor to moderate to three other CHP officers.

Two other collisions involving CHP patrol vehicles were not DUI related. In those crashes, one was caused by an errant speeding driver and the other by an elderly driver who drove on the freeway shoulder before striking a parked CHP motorcycle officer.

“All of the collisions could have been prevented through responsible driving by the motorists,” said said Ernie Sanchez, CHP Golden Gate Division chief, in the Facebook post.

Effective through Jan. 31, motorists can expect to see all available personnel, including command staff, middle managers, supervisors and officers will patrol all state highways with a zero tolerance approach to drunk and/ or drugged drivers, according to the CHP.

“The CHP has lost one officer, another is in the hospital with two broken legs, and two others have been sent to the hospital, all because some drivers chose to be irresponsible … The CHP’s core mission is to save lives and prevent injuries and we intend to do just that,” Sanchez said.

Anthony Sorci: 916-321-1051.