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Police Are Cracking Down For The 4th Of July Holiday, Be Safe - Be Smart

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(FOX 11 / CNS) Beginning tonight, law enforcement officers will be out in force over the Fourth of July weekend and on the lookout for motorists driving while impaired or otherwise violating traffic laws.

The California Highway Patrol's "maximum enforcement period'' begins at 6 p.m., and will continue through 11:59 p.m. Sunday. "All available officers will be out on the roadways for enhanced enforcement efforts, and (will) be available to assist motorists in need,'' said CHP Southern Division Chief Dan Bower.

Officers will look for motorists who are driving drunk, but will also focus on reducing problems caused by aggressive drivers, Bower said. "Aggressive drivers often commit multiple moving violations, in addition to speeding,'' he said. "This combination often results in needless
traffic collisions, with serious injuries. CHP's goal is to eliminate this behavior through education and enforcement, ultimately saving lives.''

Also helping to patrol for drunken drivers throughout Los Angeles County is the "Avoid the 100 DUI Task Force,'' which is made up of representatives of police departments from such cities as Glendora and Gardena.

Funding for the increased enforcement program was provided by a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"The Fourth of July weekend ... means trips to the beach, pool parties, and barbecues. Unfortunately, it could also mean drunk driving, traffic collisions, injuries and deaths,'' according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement.

Authorities urged motorists to follow common-sense guidelines:

  • Designate a sober driver before leaving home, and give that person
    your keys
  • Wear your seatbelt, as this is your best protection against an impaired or aggressive driver
  • Use public transportation, if possible
  • If you become impaired, don't get behind the wheel.

"Impaired drivers place other drivers - and pedestrians - at risk of being involved in a traffic collision,'' the LAPD said. "Driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or higher is illegal in every state.

Call 911 if you see a possible drunk driver on the road.''

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