San Andreas, CA– The CHP will be out in force this holiday weekend. The Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) starts Friday at 6:00 pm and continues through Sunday, December 26th until 11:59 pm.
CHP offices throughout California plan to increase their visible presence by deploying special enforcement teams, in addition to those who are already scheduled to work.
“Drivers are reminded to always wear seatbelts,” said Rebecca Myers from the San Andreas CHP. “Make sure to put children in appropriate safety seats, drive at a safe speed for various conditions, and never drink and drive during the holiday season.”
Last year during the CHP’s Christmas holiday enforcement effort, 22 people were killed in collisions statewide. More than half were reportedly not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. CHP officers also accounted for 1,104 arrests made statewide for driving under the influence (DUI) during the 2009 Christmas MEP.
The CHP will conduct a similar holiday enforcement effort during the New Year’s weekend which starts Friday, December 31st at 6:00 pm and continues through 11:59 pm, Sunday, January 2, 2011.