LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Revelers beware – law enforcement officers will be out in force over the long holiday weekend, on the lookout for impaired drivers.

The California Highway Patrol’s “maximum enforcement period” begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday night and will continue through 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

“All available officers will be out on the roadways for enhanced enforcement efforts, and (will) be available to assist motorists in need,” said CHP Southern Division Chief Dan Bower.

Officers will be on the alert for drunk drivers, Bower said, but also for other violations.

“Aggressive drivers often commit multiple moving violations, in addition to speeding,” he said. “This combination often results in needless traffic collisions, with serious injuries. CHP’s goal is to eliminate this behavior through education and enforcement, ultimately saving lives.”

Motorists were advised to follow these common-sense guidelines as they drive to their destinations this weekend:

  • Designate a sober driver before leaving home and give that person your keys.
  • Wear your seatbelt.
  • Use public transportation, if possible.
  • If you become impaired, don’t get behind the wheel.

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