California Highway Patrol officers are set to deploy the Impaired Driving Task Force Saturday and Sunday in the Antelope Valley in an effort to ensure the safety of those attending the Antelope Valley Fair, CHP officials announced Friday.
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Task Force officers plan to focus on looking for individuals driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to a news release.
“The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of safety, service and security to the people of California,” according to the new release. “We hope you enjoy the Antelope Valley Fair and please celebrate responsibly.”
An additional 20 to 30 Task Force officers are set to be on duty in the area, said Gil Hernandez, public information officer at the Antelope Valley CHP office.
“There is alcohol available at the fair, so of course more alcohol is going to be consumed than usual. We want to minimize the impact this has on the community,” Hernandez said. “If you drink and drive there is a very high probability that you will get caught, we will arrest you and you will go to jail.”
The Impaired Driving Task Force has been deployed throughout Southern California, but has never before operated in the Antelope Valley, Hernandez said.
The Antelope Valley Fair began on Friday and is scheduled to continue until Aug. 24.
“Many people this weekend will enjoy the Antelope Valley Fair along with outdoor barbeques, picnics and social gatherings,” according to the news release. “The California Highway Patrol encourages you to enjoy the festivities, but always designate a sober driver, adhere to the posted speed limit and always buckle up.”
For more information about the Impaired Driving Task Force, contact Officer Edward Figueroa at the CHP Southern Division by calling (818) 240-8200.
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Source: Santa Clarita News