The California Highway Patrol Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) is in full swing during the New Years Eve 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 Friday December 29 2017 and continues through 11:59pm on Monday January 1 2018.
During the MEP, CHP officers will educate motorists and enforce traffic safety laws throughout the state to ensure everyone has a safe holiday.
“We want everyone to enjoy their holiday celebration, which means protecting yourself, your passengers, and other drivers and pedestrians,” CHP Acting Commissioner Warren Stanley said. “Fasten your seat belt, drive sober, and pay attention to the roadway.”
The winter holidays are meant to be a joyful and relaxing time, but they unfortunately also result in a considerable loss of life on the nation’s roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nationwide, 781 people died in impaired-driving related collisions during December 2016.
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.