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CHP reminds New Year’s revelers to ‘drive sober’

The California Highway Patrol urges partygoers to ring in the new year responsibly, and warns that officers will be out in force targeting impaired drivers.

The maximum enforcement period will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday and continue until midnight Wednesday.

“In an effort to promote safety on California’s roadways we will have every available officer on patrol throughout the holiday travel period,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a written statement. “With all the excitement and celebration, the holidays can be a particularly deadly time due to an increased number of impaired drivers on the roads.”

During last year’s New Year’s maximum enforcement period, which ran for 41/2 days, 41 people were killed in collisions statewide. Half of the vehicle occupants who died within CHP jurisdiction were not wearing a seat belt, according to a CHP news release. In addition, CHP officers made more than 1,400 arrests for driving under the influence during that period.

This holiday season, the CHP has joined with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in its “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign. Members of the public also are encouraged to call 911 if they suspect another driver of being under the influence. Motorists phoning in reports should be prepared to provide the dispatcher with the location, make, model and license plate number of the vehicle, and any other pertinent information.

Law enforcement agencies throughout the Sacramento region are continuing their winter holiday crackdown on impaired driving with stepped-up enforcement efforts planned through Wednesday.

From 12:01 a.m. Dec. 13 through midnight Dec. 25, officers representing 17 law enforcement agencies in Sacramento County reported the arrest of 248 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. During the same period in 2012, 227 DUI arrests occurred.

In Placer County, law enforcement agencies reported that 78 individuals were arrested from Dec. 13 to midnight Sunday for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. That compares with 83 DUI arrests during the same period in 2012.