CHP maximum enforcement for Labor Day weekend


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As the country readies for Labor Day weekend, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is reminding motorists to employ lifesaving measures on the roadway.  The final three-day weekend of the summer travel season is a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

In anticipation of the holiday, the CHP is preparing for its annual Labor Day Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP), which begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 29, and continues through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 2.  The Labor Day MEP also coincides with the ongoing national drunk driving enforcement crackdown, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”  If your Labor Day celebration involves alcohol, ensure those plans also include a designated driver.

“While many people will spend the long weekend celebrating with their friends and family, the law enforcement community will be on patrol working to keep the highways hazard free,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.  “Our main goal through this high-visibility enforcement effort is to prevent tragedies from occurring.”

Last year during the Labor Day MEP, 49 people were killed in collisions on California roadways, which was a 40 percent increase from the same period in 2012.  Tragically, more than 70 percent of those killed in collisions within CHP jurisdiction were not wearing a seat belt.

“Help us make the holiday weekend safe for yourself and everyone by thinking about safety,” added Commissioner Farrow.  “Buckle up, drive at a safe and legal speed, avoid distractions, and designate a driver.”

Last year, CHP officers made more than 1,200 arrests for driving under the influence.  If you see a suspected drunk driver, call 9-1-1.  Be prepared to assist the dispatcher by giving a description of the vehicle, the license plate number, location, and direction of travel.  Before you call, be aware of your surroundings, especially streets, highways, directions, city or nearest town within which you are calling.  That phone call may help save someone’s life.

The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security to the people of California.


14 Responses to CHP maximum enforcement for Labor Day weekend

  1. Mongo The Idiot August 27, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    Please watch the two lane sections of 395 where people in a hurry to die tend to pass un-safely. I think everyone in the valley has had close calls in those spots.
    If you pull me over you can count on this; well out of traffic,radio off, sun glasses off, motor off, both hands in plain sight on the wheel, and license with registration at the ready.
    If you smell pot or booze it ain’t me. If you get attitude it ain’t me.
    I can’t do what you do so I am glad to show you some consideration.
    Mongo (too week and slow for the entrance exam, not too week and slow to wanna live)

    • Mr. NRA August 28, 2014 at 8:27 am #


      Good thinking and since I carry a concealed weapon when I travel, then I always have my Permit in hand right behind my Divers License when I give it to officer so he or she knows right away that I have a legally loaded firearm right next to me.

      • Mark August 28, 2014 at 9:55 am #

        What’s the challenge to get a CCW in Inyo or Mono Counties?

        I find it disgusting that criminals don’t care if it’s illegal to carry, which makes for all the more reason for good law abiding citizens to have the right to carry.

        Having a gun my very determine who law enforcement draws the white line around when they finally arrive on the scene.

        • Benett Kessler August 28, 2014 at 10:23 am #

          What are you talking about – re: white line?? BK

          • Mark August 28, 2014 at 11:14 am #

            Perhaps I’ve watched to much TV. I was speaking of the chalk line around the dead body.

        • Wayne Deja August 28, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

          Mark….HUH ?……What does a CCW and a “white-line”(whatever that is) have to do with who gets pulled over,written up,or arrested for anything?…..That CCW won’t keep you from getting a traffic citation or arrested if you do something stupid while driving…If I were LE I’d find your comment offensive.I do agree that people should have the right to carry,unless your a criminal or have felonies or violent misdameanors on your record,but don’t think that CCW should(and doesn’t) put you above the laws.

        • Wayne Deja August 28, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

          ..In responce to Mark after he explained what the “white-line”meant in his first comment….but before I do,NOT refering to the ICSO or other LE agencies around this area…I like the ones I know,and have respect for them for what they do.But when Mark explained the “white line”,and then saying “when and who Law Enforcement draws the white line around when they finally arrive on the scene”,judging from some National news I’ve seen lately in the big cities and what I see on those dash cams or cell-phone cameras people were taking at the time,it might be more like “WHO Law Enforcement draws the white line around WHILE they were on the scene”….after THEY did what they did to them…again,not at all knocking LE in our area,or in general,even in the big cities and areas,most seem to be good people….but it also sure does seem some,in the bigger cities and when race seems a problem with some of them,they sure do take it to the next,more lethal level….when maybe they shouldn’t…..and I guess a better way to look at it is ANOTHER reason why we all should feel so good about living where we do up here and away from that.

          • Mark August 29, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

            There’s plenty of criminals some with outstanding warrants and loaded weapons travelling through the Eastern Sierra on 395 all the time. LEO’s really have no idea who they might be pulling over when initiating a traffic stop. Gun laws are a complete waste of effort when criminals pay no attention gun laws. Gun laws just cripple the honest persons ability to protect themselves.

            We never had a gun problem, it’s always been a people problem.

      • The Aggressive Progressive August 28, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

        For instance, we have a another sad story of were a 9 yr old girl accidentally kills a shooting instructor, and they immediately change the age from 9 to 12, but we have dozens of kids killed in schools, politician shot in the head, dozens killed in social events but we can’t get any common sense gun laws to keep them out of the wrong hands… and the NRA, that establishment you are obviously so proud of, only speaks of the gun manufacturers and lobbyists point of view and best interest, and then the people take on those counter productive talking points, NOW THAT IS SAD!

        • Mr. NRA August 29, 2014 at 8:37 am #

          Then address the real issue, which is not Guns, they are just a tool that are used in crimes, just like knives, bats, any form of blunt object etc…. How do you propose to keep those out of the wrong hands? How do you propose to keep those object out of the hand of someone who wants to kill or has a history of Mental Illness and gets off their meds and goes kill someone? How many kids have been stabbed in schools this past year? California has the strictest gun laws in the nation and given a A rating by the Brady Campaign and that didn’t stop that wacko in Santa Barbara earlier this year from buying a gun legally, waiting 10 day and passing all the California Approved Background Checks from Shooting those poor students at UCSB. So your version of common sense guns laws will never work.

          • The Aggressive Progressive August 29, 2014 at 10:11 am #

            Very complicated indeed, but the fact we have so-called leaders writing new legislation and policies based upon what lobbyists push, it’s the plaque in our democratic process, that of which is taking our republic away from the people… It’s plain and simple, to see how a legislator votes based upon who or what donated to their campaign, and it will reflect in how they vote on new legislation depending if it is in the donors favor, will give the answer on how the so-called leader will vote.

            The NRA is a lead entity in dismissing any new sensible gun legislation (by way of the influence they have on our politics), how are we suppose to really deal with the gun problem when the NRA has openly stated they would allow access to known terrorists, they would like everyone to have a gun, you know, it’s good for their sponsors..

            My version of common sense gun laws is to have a HONEST discussion, without all the bias info and propaganda we eat up..

          • The Aggressive Progressive August 29, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

            Yeah the real issue is the world hasn’t realized we live on finite planet, a habitat that has to be respected to maintain balance with, and we don’t give any social or ecological concern in capitalism, and we can never have a consumption economy and think it can be sustainable…

            Yeah the real issue is people forgot how to live on this earth, they think the 2nd amendment is most important…

      • Rick O'Brien August 28, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

        A gun is like a parachute…if you need one and you don’t have it, you’ll probably never need one again.

    • The Aggressive Progressive August 28, 2014 at 8:40 am #

      Geez, don’t be so combative Mongo, what are you hiding? LOL, just remember, if you hear the term; “stop resisting, stop resisting” in the middle of doing nothing.. just play dead…


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