The California Highway Patrol Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) is full swing during the Thanksgiving 2017 weekend.
The CHP will focus on impaired drivers, but officers will also watch for distracted driving, speeding, and seat belt violations, as well as motorists in need of assistance.
The MEP begins at 6:01pm on Wednesday, November 22 2017 and continues through 11:59pm on Sunday November 26 2017
During the MEP, CHP officers will educate motorists and enforce traffic safety laws throughout the state to ensure everyone has a safe holiday.
According to the CHP’s 2016 Thanksgiving MEP data, among the 27 people killed in collisions within CHP jurisdiction, 14 were not wearing a seat belt.
Research shows that wearing a seat belt is one of the simplest things people can do to stay safe when traveling in a vehicle.
“Whether you are driving across the street or across the country for your Thanksgiving gathering, it is imperative to wear your seat belt,” CHP Acting Commissioner Warren Stanley said.
“Wearing a seat belt is essential every day of the year, but we do not want to have festivities ruined as a result of people not buckling up for their trip.”
As the season of Holiday festivities begins, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is encouraging motorists to have safe celebration’s that includes a designated sober driver.
Together, motorists and law enforcement can help make this holiday and every day safe for traveling on California roadways.
The CHP urges everyone to plan a safe ride home before the parties start.
There are numerous alternatives to driving impaired, including calling a taxi or a sober friend or family member, using public transportation or the increasingly popular ride-hailing services.
For more information please visit California Highway Patrol