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Mother Lode Residents Asked To Help Keep Roads Safe

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Sonora, CA– Mother Lode residents are to be commended for doing their part in reducing the number of traffic fatalities.

According to the California Highway Patrol, there was a 30 percent reduction of driving fatalities during the recent Thanksgiving holiday. In hopes to keep the trend going, CHP officials say they will once again have up to 80 percent of all uniformed officers on the road during the Christmas and New Year´s holidays.

Sonora Area CHP Lieutenant Mike Ayala, says that their only Christmas wish is that people just observe the laws and drive responsibly. He says, “If you´re going to be out partying and drinking, have a non-drinking designated driver, or rely on public transportation, and make sure you wear your seat belt and don´t speed.”

Officials are asking Mother Lode residents to do their part to keep the roads safe by being watchful this holiday season. They say that any motorist who suspects an impaired driver, should call 911 and should provide the vehicle´s description, license plate number, location, and direction of travel.

Written by Alisha Cruz