Police ready for 'maximum enforcement' weekend

Additional officers from CHP, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties to be on patrol for Fourth of July holiday

Bay Area law enforcement agencies will be stepping up their patrols and cracking down on drunk drivers to keep the roadways safe this Fourth of July weekend.

The California Highway Patrol will instigate its maximum enforcement period in which all available officers will be put to the streets looking for dangerous drivers, CHP officials said.

The maximum enforcement period begins at 6:01 p.m. Friday and lasts until midnight Monday.

Last year, 24 people were killed statewide during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, according to CHP officials. Eighty percent of those victims were not wearing a seatbelt.

Additionally, the CHP arrested 1,239 drivers for allegedly driving under the influence.

Numerous other Bay Area agencies will be targeting drunk drivers as well, including those in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. San Mateo County's Avoid the 23 DUI Campaign will put additional officers on the streets and highways over the weekend, conducting checkpoints and saturating the roadways.

Santa Clara County's Avoid the 13 DUI Campaign will also target drunk drivers during the holiday weekend.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by drunk drivers are terrorists
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 1, 2010 at 9:43 am

Drunk drivers are no better than terrorists. Throw the book at them.

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Posted by George K.
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 1, 2010 at 11:16 am

Now I'm going to blow your mind: what about a terrorist driving a car bomb drunk? Is that worse than a regular terrorist?

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