Law enforcement: Celebrate New Year’s safely

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As the New Year’s celebration approaches, law enforcement reminds motorists to celebrate safely.

“The California Highway Patrol would like to remind everyone to buckle up, avoid distractions while behind the wheel and have a plan in place if you intend to consume alcohol or other intoxicating substances,” said CHP Officer Josh Greengard.

Starting at 6:01 p.m. Tuesday and continuing through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, CHP officials are expected to deploy all available personnel for a “maximum enforcement period” to ensure the safety of motorists during New Year’s celebrations. 

While focusing primarily on impaired drivers, officers will also be watching for distracted driving, speeding and seat-belt violations, along with assisting motorists wherever needed, according to a news release issued Friday.

During the 2018 New Year’s MEP, at least 25 were killed and 270 injured in collisions involving impaired drivers on California roadways, while 1,140 arrests for impaired driving were made, according to data from the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System.

If you see an impaired driver, call 9-1-1 when safe to do so.

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