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More CHP enforcement on roads this holiday weekend

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The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be in full force looking to remove all drunk drivers from state roadways during this weekend’s Memorial Day weekend. The three-day weekend is a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) for the CHP. All available officers will be patrolling the roadways from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Monday. “Memorial Day Weekend can be a safe and fun weekend for everyone, ” said Captain Rick Ward, commander of the Auburn CHP area. “Just use sound judgment and plan ahead to keep you and your family safe for your drive home on the highways.” Officers will be on the lookout for speeders and motorists who drink and drive. Last year, statewide, CHP officers arrested 1,450 drivers for DUI during the Memorial Day weekend. This year, due to funding provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, officers will be working overtime to remove impaired drivers from Placer County roadways. The Memorial Day Maximum Enforcement Period is also an Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) holiday. Operation CARE is a joint program of the nation’s highway patrols that places special safety emphasis on interstate highways during holiday periods. CARE highways in California include Interstates 80, 40, 15 and 5. Meanwhile, the “Click It or Ticket” campaign continues as part of a state and national seat belt “mobilization. “Click It or Ticket” means no excuses. If motorists are not wearing their seatbelts, they will be cited. According to an annual survey commissioned by the state Office of Traffic Safety, 94.6 percent of California motorists are buckling up.