What does the California Highway Patrol want for Christmas? Topping the list, according to the agency, are designated drivers, buckled-up vehicle occupants and undistracted motorists adhering to the speed limit this holiday season along the state’s roadways.
“As you prepare for the holiday traffic and winter weather, remember to plan ahead and leave yourself some extra time to make the trip,” cautions CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow, but adds, “Rest assured that the CHP will be out there to assist you whenever there is a need.”
Throughout their holiday travels motorists may encounter a number of CHP officers who begin their annual Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period this Friday, December 23rd at
6:01p.m. The CHP will continue the holiday enforcement effort through Monday, December 26th at 11:59p.m.
Why is the Maximum Enforcement Period so crucial? “This time of year more people travel, celebrations increase and the weather can be a challenge,” explains Commissioner Farrow.
According to a CHP media release, department statistics show that last year during the Christmas holiday weekend, four people were killed in collisions in California. One week later, 25 people were killed in crashes during New Year’s weekend; half of those who died were not wearing a seat belt.
In addition, the CHP made 658 arrests for driving under the influence during the Christmas MEP and 961 arrests the following holiday weekend.
“It’s important to remember as the holiday celebrations kick into high gear during the next couple of weeks, always designate a driver before the party begins,” added Commissioner
The CHP will be conducting a similar enforcement effort over the New Year’s holiday weekend which begins Friday, December 30th at 6:01p.m. and continues through 11:59p.m. on Monday, January 2nd, 2012.