CHP Maximum Enforcement activity

chp_logo.jpgRESULTS OF THANKSGIVING MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT PERIOD Providing safety and assistance throughout the state, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers engaged in a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) during the Thanksgiving holiday. The MEP began Wednesday, November 27, at 6:00 P.M, and continued through Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 11:59 P.M. “Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow, “As the volume of traffic on the roadways increases so does the risk of being involved in a serious or deadly collision.” In addition to enforcing the seat belt law, CHP officers remained vigilant looking for aggressive and impaired drivers.

During the MEP, CHP officers assigned to Bridgeport Area arrested four people suspected of driving while under the influence (DUI), among other charges. Statewide, CHP officers arrested 1,201 during this Thanksgiving holiday, slightly less than the 1,320 people arrested in 2012. This year, there were 33 people killed in collisions during the Thanksgiving holiday in California. This is fewer than the 44 people killed in collisions the previous year, however, those 33 people will not be home for the holiday season. Among the 17 vehicle occupants killed within CHP jurisdiction, 88 percent, or 15 individuals were not wearing a seat belt. These figures show that there is still a need to get the message out to everyone to “buckle up – every trip, every time” and “don’t hesitate to designate a sober driver”.

On November 28,2013, at approximately 5:55 P.M., CHP and Mono County Sheriffs deputies responded to a call of a solo vehicle roll-over traffic collision in Walker, where the involved vehicle fled the scene. Mono County Sheriffs deputies were able to locate the involved party at a nearby residence and notified CHP. Subsequent to an investigation by CHP officers, a 52 year old male resident of Mammoth Lakes was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, hit-and-run, and driving a motor vehicle while his driver license was suspended for prior DUI related offenses; all misdemeanor violations. The subject was also charged with a felony firearms violation as a result of the incident. He was booked into the Mono County Sheriffs Jail in Bridgeport.

On November 28, 2013, at approximately 9:18 P.M., a Mammoth Lakes Police officer stopped a suspected DUI driver in the town of Mammoth Lakes and requested CHP assistance. Following a DUI investigation by a CHP officer, the 55 year old female driver, a Bishop resident, was arrested for misdemeanor DUI. Her valid driver license was seized and she was issued a suspension notice. She was then booked into the Mono County Sheriffs Jail in Bridgeport.

On November 30, 2013, at approximately 8:42 P.M., a Mammoth Lakes Police officer stopped a suspected driver under the influence of alcohol and drugs in the town of Mammoth Lakes and requested CHP assistance. A CHP Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) assigned to Bridgeport Area responded and conducted an investigation. Following the investigation, the 19 year old male driver, a resident of Mammoth Lakes, was arrested for DUI and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, both misdemeanors, The subject was also charged with driving a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.05% by a person under 21 years of age. The subject’s valid driver license was seized and he was issued a suspension notice. He was later booked into the Mono County Sheriffs Jail in Bridgeport. An 18 year old male passenger of the vehicle was cited and released for marijuana possession.

On December 1,2013, at approximately 9:30 P.M., Mono County Sheriffs deputies requested CHP assistance on a traffic stop with a possible driver under the influence of narcotics. A CHP Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) assigned to Bridgeport Area responded and conducted an investigation. The CHP officer arrested the 46 year old male driver, a resident of Oxnard, for driving under the influence of narcotics, and for driving a motor vehicle while his driver license was suspended, both misdemeanors. The subject was also charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. The subject was then booked into the Mono County Sheriffs Jail in Bridgeport.

“Officers and deputies made twice the number of DUI arrests this Thanksgiving weekend as compared to last year. Impaired driving continues to be an issue requiring diligent attention by everyone in Mono County, and statewide, The probability that at least one of these four drivers would have been involved in a collision is significant, and not worth the risk to themselves or anyone in close proximity to them, I am very proud of the combined, cooperative efforts of Mono County Sheriffs deputies. Mammoth Lakes Police officers and CHP officers in both protecting the public and making sure each of these four individuals have the opportunity to continue celebrating future holidays with those who love them” said Lieutenant R. D. Cohan, Commander of the CHP’s Bridgeport Area.


17 Responses to CHP Maximum Enforcement activity

  1. Art Guthry December 3, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    If you travel within the FEMA Regions Homeland, make sure your Papers Are In Order, and Hey all of you that own your own peoperty,look at your deed closely,you will see on it that you are a tenant in common,you are nothing more than a lawns keeper,even the supreme court said that no one really owns property,isn'[t that one of the reasons for revolutionay war of 1776,we are in the hands of lunatics,who live for today and piss on tommorow,they don’t care about anything but gain,phony money,phony laws,fees,fines,licenses,late fees,taxes,all illusion of what once was,freedom is attainable 🙂

    • Benett Kessler December 3, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

      Freedom is what we experience in our daily lives and also inside of ourselves. Paranoia about whose hands we are in will not help.
      Benett Kessler

    • Desert Tortoise December 4, 2013 at 10:18 am #

      Without an organized government with a body of laws, the power to enforce these laws and a court system to adjudicate these laws, you have no freedom whatsoever. You are reduced to living like an animal, the law of the jungle, where only brute force prevails. Absent a government with sufficient police power to protect you, someone who does not like your religious beliefs, your ethnicity, the color of your hair, or anything else, would be perfectly free to kill you. Is that the freedom you seek? If so you are more of a fool than you know.

      The only thing that makes you even a little bit free is this great and powerful government we elect that has the power necessary to protect our freedoms and to adjudicate the disputes that arise among us peacefully so we do not have to live by the law of the jungle. Make no mistake, that if the power of our government was reduced to zero, something else would fill the void. It might be the power of corporations, of some church, organized crime or a combination of all three, but none of these will do even one little thing to protect your rights. Only a government we elect can do that.

      Don’t like what the government does? Quicherbichen and get involved. City Councils and County government all need volunteers for committees that are the sources of information councils and the BOD use to make decisions. Get involved in party politics to advance the causes you believe in. But if all you do is grouse over the internet but do not get actively involved you have no standing to complain. I am a member of a city council committee in my city. It requires time and hard work. I could be doing other things, maybe even whining on line, but I have found my involvement has made a positive difference. How about you?

      • sugar magnolia December 4, 2013 at 11:46 am #

        you seem to be saying it’s all or nothing. Give LEO complete autonomy to do as they wish or give up any type of govt. protection. I definitely do not agree. The system of checks and balances that our govt was formed on is key to our Country’s success. Keeping LEO in check is a big part of those checks and balances. We are far down the path of LEO operating outside of boundaries historically set in this country, which is pretty darn scary.

        Trampling americans rights in the name of safety or protection is an extremely steep, slippery slope. If we don’t get it turned around soon, it may be too late.

        • Desert Tortoise December 4, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

          I never said that. Why don’t you read Thomas Jefferson’s opinions regarding the necessity of a strong and functional government as expressed in his work in the Federalist Papers.

          The reason we have our current Constitution is due to the inherent weakness of the prior Articles of Confederation. Lacking a strong central government the US threatened to break into thirteen independent, and weak, nations.

          There is a balance between oppression and anarchy that is always and forever changing. We are always chasing that ideal and it will never be fully found. Change is the only thing that you can count on in life.

          I think a careful reading of the Federalist Papers will show you why no law or no or weak government is less desireable than an energetic government. Humans will forever be in conflict, it is our nature, and it is far better to be able to adudicate disputes in court than through violence. I also remind you that without a strong government , your rights as expressed in our Constitution are meaningless. We do not have any rights in this world without the government we elect there to protect and enforce them.

          • Benett Kessler December 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

            We also have no rights unless we exercise them.

  2. JeremiahJoseph December 4, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    So I have the freedom to do what ever I please?
    So if I don’t go to work, I have the freedom to live off the land?
    If one doesn’t believe in money or the social and environmental injustice it creates, one can by-pass it because of freedom we have?
    So this supposed free democratic society that we live in isn’t controlled by the monetary powers in place?
    It must be nice to live in a bubble where one believes they are free…

    I can’t stand contributing to this lifestyle that is hurting our planet and people, I also can’t stand I don’t have a choice…

    It’s all about control.

    We are only as free as our purchasing power allows us to be.

    • Benett Kessler December 4, 2013 at 9:44 am #

      While big money and corporations clearly control a lot about our government, we still have the personal choice to exercise freedom. We’re doing it right here on the website. In Egypt, people can’t even assemble in public. Their major comedian was forced off the air for making fun of the powers in charge. You are not alone, Jeremiah, in your disgust with the power of the rich. Society takes time to change. In the mean time, us little people can find ways to live with optimism and generosity in our own small towns. BK

      • JeremiahJoseph December 4, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

        Yeah I hear that, we are doing it right here on this website, thankfully we have our health and ability…health is freedom.
        But the same government that claims to be the birth place of freedom has instances that resemble what you mentioned about Egypt, like what our government does to whistle blowers, that seems to be one of the worst crimes today, embarrassing the government or supposed authorities that we hold honor for.
        Your right, society will take time to change…..
        But if the monetary powers continue to limit the information that would change ones mind, how much freedom is in that?

        Thanks Benett.

        “In the mean time, us little people can find ways to live with optimism and generosity in our own small towns.”

  3. Brandon December 4, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    Your police in Mono county are over zealous and trample all over your rights on a daily basis. Frankly I dont know how the citizens put up w this. Its one thing to have DUI check points but harrassing citizens w dogs and MAXIMUM enforcement? Rediculous!

  4. Mark December 4, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    “An 18 year old male passenger of the vehicle was cited and released for marijuana possession.”

    What lead to finding marijuana on the 18 year old? It wouldn’t surprise me if it was an illegal search.

    • sugar magnolia December 4, 2013 at 11:41 am #

      Yep, it’s one thing to see a car moving in a manner that suggests an impaired driver and doing a traffic stop on that vehicle. No-one questions that action and in fact I think we all support it.

      It’s completely something else to see a car with certain bumper stickers or see that the driver has the look of someone who might like weed and pull them over and investigate.

      Keep it pure guys, protect our roads and people by pulling people over who appear to be driving impaired. Pulling people over because you’re suspicious of them for any other reason is not ok.

      • Mark December 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

        The only thing I can think of that would give LEO’s reason to search a passenger in a vehicle being driven by a drunk driver would be if the vehicle also smelled like marijuana.

        I will also add that anyone who carries marijuana and doesn’t have a Prop215 Dr.’s recommendation is a fool.

      • Desert Tortoise December 4, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

        When a driver is arrested for DUI, the arrestee and any passengers are generally frisked as a safety precaution for the officers. This has been upheld by the courts many times. It does not say so in the article but I would imagine this is when the passenger was discovered to be in possession of some weed.

        I cannot feel even a little bit of sympathy for either fool. Why would you let your friend drive while tanked unless you were also tanked? You go out on the highway stoned or drunk, don’t whine if you get pulled over, searched and arrested. As far as I am concerned the CHP did the right thing arresting both of them.

        Quit crying “police state” every time the cops arrest a drunk or stoned driver. I don’t wish to share the road with anyone who is not stone cold sober and properly rested. You are endangering my life and I expect the police to get the drunks and stoners off the road.

        Or would you prefer to have a bunch of drunks and stoners killing people on our highways “in the name of freedom”? Grow up.

  5. ferdinand lopez December 4, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    the same people who complain about the police are the same people who need to thank god they are there for them when they have a problem

    • Shine December 4, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

      Some who complain about police would truly thank god IF police were there for them.

    • Mark December 5, 2013 at 9:47 am #

      If they’re not writing traffic tickets I have no use for them.

      I’m protected by the 2nd amendment.


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