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WSP on the lookout for DUIs

Observer staff report

Published on September 5, 2018 8:51AM

OCEAN PARK — During this year’s 35th annual Rod Run, state troopers will be out in force, looking for drunk drivers.

Extra troopers will be on and around the Long Beach Peninsula from Friday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 9. The extra patrols will help keep things safe and calm as thousands of people flock to the Peninsula to enjoy the popular classic car show, cruises and accompanying festivities.

“Troopers will assist with traffic control and safety concerns, including responding to collisions and seeking out impaired drivers,” Trooper Chelsea Hodgson said in a press release.

Although recent Rod Runs have been considerably tamer than Rod Runs of yore, the event still usually draws a few people who party too hard. In 2017, troopers contacted 133 violators, arrested five individuals on suspicion of DUI and investigated three collisions.

Aside from increased traffic, driving conditions should be good. Current forecasts predict mild weather, and the state Department of Transportation says there will be no major road work projects in the area during the event.

WSP on the lookout for DUIs


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