All CHP officers on duty for holiday weekend


Fatal crashes involving drivers using drugs have increased 39 percent since 2006, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data.

As a result- the California Highway Patrol will have its maximum enforcement period starting Friday night all the way through New Year's Day.

In a 2016 survey, more than half of marijuana users in the state believed it was safe to drive while under the influence of marijuana, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. The number of deadly crashes is down year over year, the CHP said. "Driving under the influence of cannabis and other drugs remains illegal", added Acting Commissioner Stanley.

Rhonda Craft, the director of the state Office of Traffic Safety, said the goal of the campaign is to get the word out that driving under the influence is not limited to drunk driving.

In addition to alcohol or cannabis, a driver could be subject to a DUI arrest if they are under the influence of prescription medications like sleep aids, tranquilizers, barbiturates, opiates and other pain killers, anti-depressants, and even over-the-counter allergy or cough medications when they impair your ability to drive a vehicle.

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"You can get a DUI, it's against the law", Colby Daniels said. If you see a driver who appears to be impaired, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1. The passenger, 20-year-old Maya Isabelle Thone of Pacifica, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cathedral City Police will also be doing it's own patrols for drunk or impaired drivers.

Law enforcement encourages drivers to download the "Designated Driver VIP", or "DDVIP", free mobile app for Android or iPhone.

CHP recommends designating a sober driver before you start celebrating.

Funding for the checkpoint is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.