CHP beefs up road presence for holiday |

CHP beefs up road presence for holiday

Andrew Cristancho
Sierra Sun

While touting last year’s reduced holiday death toll, the California Highway Patrol office announced Thursday it is adding extra officers to patrol the state’s roadways this Saint Patrick’s Day Weekend.

Last year during the three-day weekend that, for many Californian’s focuses on consumption of alcohol, 16 people were killed and 304 injured in collisions involving drivers under the influence, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

The additional patrols will include officers working overtime, and will be funded from the state Office of Traffic and Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

California Highway Patrol commissioner Joe Farrow urged revelers to plan ahead by designating a driver or spending the night at the place where drinking occurs.

“This is about saving lives, not about how many people we can arrest,” Farrow said. “Do your part, don’t drink and drive.”