CHP: Christmas 2011 a Safer Holiday on the Roads

George Severson

CHP: Christmas 2011 a Safer Holiday on the Roads

CREATED Dec. 27, 2011


INDIO - The Indio CHP office recorded fewer arrests and traffic collisions over Christmas this year.

The ``maximum enforcement period,'' started Friday night and ended at 11:59 p.m. Monday. The enforcement effort netted four drivers on suspicion of drunken driving and a dozen collisions, five with injuries to one or more occupants. One collision involved a driver suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The CHP handled no fatal collisions, Officer Joe Zagorski said. During the same time frame last year, 18 people were arrested on suspicion of drunken or drugged driving, and 20 collisions were logged.

Similiar results were seen over the recent Thanksgiving weekend, according to CHP. Law enforcement officers credit the decline to a combination of increased efforts by the California Highway Patrol to educate the motoring public about traffic safety issues, aggressive enforcement of traffic laws, and increased focus to locate and apprehend impaired drivers at all times.

CHP warns anyone planning on getting intoxicated on New Year's Eve should stay out of cars or have a sober driver on hand.