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Law Enforcement Agencies On The Prowl This Weekend

Sonora, CA — Thanksgiving weekend may be a time for a holiday celebration with family and friends but not so for the majority of law enforcement personnel.

The C.H.P. is now into its 15th hour of a Maximum Enforcement Period. All available officers are on duty throughout the state patrolling for speeders, those who drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (prescription/street) and those who fail to “buckle up.”

C.H.P. officers will also be checking for illegal cell phone usage and improperly installed child restraint seats.

And the same goes for the Sonora and Angels Camp Police Departments along with the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office and the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department.

From Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson, “We have a zero tolerance for those who are driving under the influence. If we arrest you, you will go to jail.”

From San Andreas C.H.P. Officer Becky Myers, “If you are drinking and driving you will go to jail. The turkey dinner in the Calaveras County Jail is pretty good but I’m sure most of you don’t want to find out so celebrate responsibility.” 

From Sgt. A.J. Ford from the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, “Our deputies will be on the lookout for those who are driving under the influence of alcohol and also those who are driving under the influence of street drugs such as methamphetamine or prescription drugs like vicodin, oxycodone and oxycontin.”

Last year 33 people were killed during the Thanksgiving Day weekend in California. There were no fatalities in either Tuolumne or Calaveras counties.

Written by bill.johnson@mlode.com