Just because it's Monday doesn't mean the California Highway Patrol is easing up on its Labor Day Weekend patrols.
Last year, the CHP was surprised to see a 38 percent increase in traffic deaths over Labor Day Weekend compared to a year earlier. Adrian Quintero with the CHP says this year, the department is conducting maximum enforcement patrols all weekend.
"Every available officer working as well as additional patrols looking for impaired drivers with the checkpoints and also the saturation patrols the entire weekend."
The department is also looking for distracted drivers and for people not wearing their seatbelts. Nearly two-thirds of the fatalities during last year's holiday were people who didn't buckle up.The CHP is also reminding drivers to pull over when an emergency vehicle comes up from behind and to slow down when passing emergency vehicles, tow trucks or Cal Trans vehicles that are on the side of the road.