Thankgiving Weekend Maximum Enforcement Period

Thankgiving Weekend Maximum Enforcement Period

Thanksgiving weekend is one of the last heavily traveled weekends of the year and the California Highway Patrol plans to conduct its annual Maximum Enforcement Period beginning at 6PM tonight. The MEP will continue through 11:59 P.M. Sunday. During maximum enforcement period, all available CHP officers are expected to be on patrol assisting motorists and enforcing the law. Traditionally one of the busiest travel times in the U.S., Thanksgiving weekend can also be one of the deadliest according to CHP data, 35 people died in traffic collisions statewide during last year’s holiday weekend, down from 45 in 2014. According to the data, 41 percent of the 17 vehicle occupants killed within the CHP jurisdiction were not wearing a seatbelt. CHP commissioner Joe Farrow reminds drivers, “Seat belts save lives and prevent injuries. Do not put your own life at risk, of the lives of your family or friends. Buckle up.” Officers also made over 1,000 arrests for driving under the influence during last year’s MEP. For more information on the Thanksgiving weekend MEP, contact your local CHP Office or visit the CHP website at www.chp.ca.gov

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