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CHP stresses safe New Year’s driving

Modified: Wednesday, Dec 26th, 2012

California Highway Patrol officer Sarah Jackson keeps an eye on southbound Highway 1 traffic in Watsonville Wednesday. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian).

APTOS — As revelers across the county prepare to ring in the new year, law enforcement officials are urging them to do so safely.

“Think ahead,” said California Highway Patrol officer Sarah Jackson. “If you’re going to be consuming substances that will impair you, have a plan of how you’re going to get yourself and your friends and your loved ones safely home.”

Jackson pointed out that a taxi ride might cost about $20, while a conviction for driving while impaired can total more than $13,000.

The CHP throughout the state is in the midst of increased patrols during the holiday season, which runs through Jan. 1.

“All available officers are on duty,” Jackson said. “It’s all hands on deck.”

During last New Year’s holiday, 25 people were killed in collisions throughout California, and the majority of those who died within CHP jurisdiction were not wearing a seat belt. Additionally, CHP officers made more than 1,200 arrests for driving under the influence, according to the CHP.

For the complete article see the 12-27-2012 issue.

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