CHP plans high holiday staffing |

CHP plans high holiday staffing

This Thanksgiving season, the California Highway Patrol in Truckee will put every available officer on the road to enforce safety during the congested holiday travel days.

The official holiday driving period begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday and last until through Sunday, when 80 percent of the Truckee patrol staff will be deployed, CHP authorities said Friday.

“Our message is simple ” drive safe, drive sober, and buckle up,” said CHP Capt. Ross in a prepared statement.

During the holiday enforcement interval last season, police arrested 1,670 motorists on California highways for driving under the influence, said Truckee-based CHP Officer Steve Skeen.

“There won’t be a checkpoint here in Truckee, but there will be additional officers working overtime on roving patrol to catch drunk drivers,” said Skeen in a phone interview Friday.

Aside from drunk drivers, hazardous weather conditions in the Truckee area have contributed to the busy roadways in the past.

“Be prepared for traffic tie-ups, especially on the Wednesday before or the Sunday after Thanksgiving,” said Capt. Ross.

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