Increased law enforcement over Labor Day weekend

Last year during Labor Day weekend, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows 38% of all crash fatalities involved a drunk driver over the legal limit, and one in five child passenger deaths were in alcohol-fueled crashes.

In the past two years, 49 people were killed in crashes over Labor Day weekend.

More than 1,100 people were arrested last year by CHP officers for driving under the influence. If a drunk driver is seen, CHP officials ask citizens to call 911 if safe to do so, and give a description of the vehicle including its license plate number, location, and the direction it’s traveling in.

Due to that and other concerns, authorities with the California Highway Patrol guaranteed officers will be “out in force” from Friday through Monday, tracking down drunk or impaired drivers.

“Drunk driving is one of the most serious traffic-related issues we face today,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said. “Make sure your plans for your end-of-summer celebrations always include a safe way to get home for yourself and your passengers. If you are caught driving drunk, you will be arrested.”

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office also asked everyone to use extra caution while at Bass Lake, as an expected increase in boating traffic, combined with record-low water levels, creates potentially hazardous situations.

At Bass Lake, sheriff’s officials said some areas to be most cautious while boating include the west end of the lake, Falls Beach, which is unusually low and clogged with lake grass.

It’s suggested that boats avoid skiing or tubing in that area.

Sheriff’s deputies on boat patrol will continue enforcement at the lake through the end of September, and as needed after that.