Sacto 9-1-1
September 2, 2011
Auto travel, CHP enforcement to be up this holiday weekend

Automobile travel is expected to be up slightly this Labor Day weekend -- and the California Highway Patrol will be ready to pull over any drunken drivers.

The American Automobile Association estimates that 27.3 million people plan to travel on the nation's roadways, a 0.5 percent increase from last year. Overall, travel is expected to dip due in part to higher air fare costs.

In anticipation of motorists traveling to Labor Day picnics and barbecues where alcoholic beverages might be served, the CHP is beefing up enforcement. Labor Day CHP maximum enforcement begins tonight and continues through Monday.

"There is no excuse for driving while intoxicated," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow in a press release.

Last year, CHP officers made 1,521 arrests for DUI, an increase from the previous year of 7 percent.

Motorists are reminded to call 911 if they see a suspected drunken driver. Be prepared to supply the police dispatcher with a description of the vehicle, the road it is on and direction of travel.

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