California Highway Patrol officers and local law enforcement agencies will participate in National Teen Driver Safety Week starting Monday.
Officers will be cracking down and focusing on stopping drivers from distracted driving. A "zero tolerance" policy will be aimed at citing drivers who are distracted by texting or calling while driving, the CHP said.
The CHP will focus mainly around high schools at the beginning and end of school hours.
22 impounds at Fresno checkpoint
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Fresno police arrested four people on suspicion of drunken driving and impounded 22 vehicles during an overnight sobriety checkpoint in downtown Fresno.
The checkpoint was on westbound Ventura Avenue near R Street.
People suspected of driving under the influence or without a license had their vehicles impounded, Sgt. Gary Beer said.
A new law that goes into effect Jan. 1 likely will result in fewer impounds at DUI checkpoints. The new law, signed last weekend, will give sober unlicensed drivers who are stopped more time to get someone to drive their cars home. Currently, cars can be towed away in as little as 15 minutes after the driver is stopped.
Also, police say, fewer drivers will be checked because officers will be busy watching over parked cars and will have less time to stop other drivers.
Driver in Auberry crash was drunk
The driver of a car that ran off a road and hit a tree in Auberry, killing himself and his two passengers earlier this month, was driving under the influence of alcohol, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Cameron Conchin's blood-alcohol level was about twice the .08 blood-alcohol standard that is legal to drive, the CHP said.
The CHP said Conchin was speeding in a 2010 Ford Mustang westbound on Frazier Road, west of Auberry Road, during the early hours of Oct. 8 when he ran off the road and hit a large oak tree.
Conchin, 27, of Clovis, and passengers Sandra Hernandez, 42, of Clovis, and Michelle McKeighen, 40, of Auberry, died at the scene.
4 held, suspected of stealing walnuts
Four men were taken into custody by Tulare County sheriff's deputies Saturday on suspicion of stealing walnuts.
Deputies saw a vehicle driving from a Serpa & Company Walnut Farming orchard on Avenue 256 and Road 124 in Tulare.
Deputies stopped the vehicle and took the four men into custody on suspicion of stealing walnuts.