The California Highway Patrol will wrap up its three-day holiday weekend crackdown on drunken drivers and other scofflaws tonight.
The CHP’s “maximum enforcement period” began at 6 p.m. Friday and will conclude at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.
During the campaign, all available officers have hit the streets, looking for impaired drivers, speeders and other traffic violators.
During the 2011 New Year’s weekend MEP, the Riverside CHP arrested 17 people on suspicion of DUI, about half the number as the year before.
More than 700 traffic citations were issued for a variety of infractions and misdemeanors during the New Year’s operation ending on Jan. 2, 2011.
The current MEP coincides with a two-week holiday crackdown countywide that will also conclude tonight. The Riverside County Avoid the 30 task force — named for the number of participating agencies — began its anti-DUI campaign on Dec. 16, deploying sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols to catch drunken and drug-impaired motorists.