Sonora, CA — The Highway Patrol will commence its four day Thanksgiving Day weekend “Maximum Enforcement Period” effective six o´clock this evening running through Sunday midnight.
All available officers will be on duty throughout the state. In addition there will be heavy patrols along Hwy 108 due to the Sonora Pass Safety Corridor Project. The project covers Hwy 108 from the Stanislaus County line to the Pinecrest turnoff. Officers will be on extended shifts writing citations for speeding, seatbelt violation and impaired drivers.
In addition to busy roadways, especially with the incredibly low gas prices, inclement weather is another obstacle motorists may encounter. Rain, fog, wind and snow have been known to create not only frustrating but hazardous conditions for drivers.
Last year during the Thanksgiving M.E.P. 41 people died in the 4,337 collisions that occured in California. More than half of the vehicle occupants killed were involved in alcohol-related collisions. 1,628 motorists were arrested last year for driving-under-the-influence during the Thanksgiving Day weekend.
Written by Bill Johnson