Memorial Day: Southern Californians should flock to beaches for vacation as authorities step up patrols
Despite Santa Monica’s marine layers, some people were already betting their spot on the beach on Sunday morning.
Memorial Day weekends typically signal the onset of summer and coastal areas are crowded with people, but more than a year later restrictions have been relaxed and many want to break out of coronavirus containment. I am.
In Santa Monica, we saw an influx of people heading to the beach and the ocean. This contrasts with that time last year when Los Angeles County beaches were only open for active recreation.
As the number of COVID-19 cases has declined and the vaccine has become more widely available, people should make the most of the three consecutive vacations.
Beachers can expect an increase in patrolling by additional officers to ensure people enjoy their vacations safely.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Beach Team (which typically backs the summer crackdown) began weekend patrols on May 1 to handle the influx of crowds when COVID restrictions were lifted.
Lawmakers are watching people walk to beaches drinking alcohol, which is illegal on county beaches, in hopes of reducing drunk driving on freeways in Malibu’s Pacific coast and the winding canyon roads.
Navigating the intersection of PCH and its limited traffic, crowded street parking and swarms of cyclists is dangerous even for calm drivers, authorities warn, accidents are common and sometimes fatal. The risk will increase this weekend as more pedestrians pounce on pedestrians in the lane and more cyclists on narrow road shoulders.
Drivers are advised to pay attention to speed limits once traffic is lightened on the picturesque busy boulevards. The California Highway Patrol will pursue the Street Racing Task Force and also deploy two CHP units to help PCH control traffic.
The city has requested additional deputy sheriffs and volunteers for the patrols on statutory weekends. Authorities have also called on county beach and port authorities, California state parks and the Department of Mountain Recreation Conservation to prepare for the vacation and summer crowds. , Cogeneration and coordination.
Beach and Harbors will increase its staff to help with parking, maintenance and garbage disposal starting in mid-May, and MRCA will double the patrol of the park from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The national park will be covered for 7 days and will also be monitored and treated.
Residents can call the CHP for assistance with street racing by dialing 323-259-3200 or 9-1-1 to report impaired driving. Emergency and communication alerts are available at www.MalibuCity.org/News.
City News Service contributed to this report.
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