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CHP LAUNCHES HOLIDAY ROAD ENFORCEMENT.

Byline: CAROL ROCK Staff Writer

SANTA CLARITA -- California Highway Patrol officials launched an all-out effort to crack down on drunken drivers, speeders and other traffic law violators over the July 4 holiday weekend.

A ``maximum enforcement period'' went into effect at 6 p.m. Friday and concludes at midnight Tuesday. All available officers are working patrol shifts, officials said.

``We're getting our drunks off the road,'' said Sgt. Rick Miler of the CHP Newhall office.

Last Fourth of July weekend CHP officers arrested 1,600 motorists on suspicion of driving under the influence, of whom 304 were in Los Angeles County.

Officers will also be looking for drivers who are not using their seat belts.

``This isn't about writing tickets, it's about saving lives,'' Newhall CHP Capt. Steve Bernard said. ``One of the core missions of the CHP is enforcing traffic safety laws to save lives.''

A suspected drunken driver died Saturday morning when he crashed into a pillar on the southbound San Diego Freeway, the first death to be reported on Los Angeles County freeways this Fourth of July weekend.

The driver, a 19-year-old man suspected of drunken driving, was declared dead shortly after the 2:20 a.m. crash near La Tijera Boulevard in Westchester, the CHP reported.

Last year during same time period, three people died on Los Angeles County roads patroled by the CHP.

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