Friday, August 31, 2007
The California Highway Patrol will be out in full force this holiday weekend looking for speeders and drunk drivers. They'll have close to 6,000 officers on the road statewide -- that's 80 percent of the force.
Spokesman Tom Marshall says July 4th was particularly deadly, and they're determined to change that this Labor Day weekend.
Marshall : Unfortunately, we had 18 people killed in that one day -- that one holiday -- so we're going to be out there and we're going to take this extremely seriously and we are not going to cut anybody any slack.
Marshall says they'll also work with local law enforcement agencies across California to set up DUI checkpoints. And CHP Commissioner Mike Brown will be out writing speeding tickets himself, which is unusual.
Marshall says he plans to be out along I-5 to draw attention to the potential dangers of speeding on the major highway. Marshall says last year 46 people were killed in California over the Labor Day weekend.
The increased enforcement runs from Friday evening through midnight Tuesday morning.