Eight motorists were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence during the California Highway Patrol’s July 4 holiday crackdown in northwestern Riverside County, it was announced today.
The CHP’s “Maximum Enforcement Period” on roads and highways in the Riverside area began at 6 p.m. Tuesday and concluded at midnight Wednesday.
During that period, 80 percent of the agency’s officers hit the streets looking for intoxicated motorists, speeders and other scofflaws.
According to Riverside CHP Officer Steve Carapia, along with the eight DUI arrests, officers issued 238 citations for speeding, texting while driving and similar violations and tallied 14 non-fatal collisions.
The CHP’s 2011 MEP spanned just over three days and resulted in 27 DUI arrests in the Riverside area, one fatal collision and 757 citations.