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Vehicle inspections held at Oceano Dunes ahead of busy holiday weekend

Posted: 6:28 PM, Jul 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-02 21:51:51-04

California Highway Patrol and California State Parks conducted off-highway vehicle inspections Tuesday at the Oceano Dunes.

According to the California Highway Patrol, it was an effort to prepare for the busy upcoming holiday weekend.

CHP officers checked everything from driver’s licenses to the registration of both on and off-road vehicles, all while enforcing safety measures.

Public Information Officer for the San Luis Obispo Area California Highway Patrol, Mike Poelking, said this event goes beyond just merely enforcing the law.

“The impact that we are really looking for in the grand scheme of this whole event is the education facet of it,” Poelking said.

According to the CHP, those to be found out of compliance, whether that be a mechanical violation or a licensing or registration issue, will face consequences.

Josh Bowman and his family are regulars at the dunes and decided to visit this Fourth of July weekend. They were stopped and inspected by the CHP but said the officers were surprisingly friendly and informative.

“They were happy that I had a Class A (license) because of the weight requirements. They instructed me a couple things to do. Like I said, they were friendly about it, didn’t write any tickets, checked registration on the toys and everything was up to date,” Bowman said.

CHP will be going into its maximum enforcement period this holiday weekend, utilizing 80 percent of all available personnel.