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New Year's Eve MEP Begins Tomorrow

New Year's Eve MEP Begins Tomorrow 

As the winter holiday season continues, the California Highway Patrol asks motorists to resolve to start the New Year with safe celebrations.  This means planning not to drive impaired or distracted. The CHP will observe the New Year with a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) from 6:01 p.m. on Friday to 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, January 1st.  All available personnel will be on duty.  The CHP will again focus on impaired drivers, but officers will also watch for distracted driving, speeding, and seat belt violations, as well as motorists in need of assistance.

 During last year’s New Year’s MEP, 40 people died in collisions on California roadways.  Sadly, more than two-thirds of the vehicle occupants killed within CHP jurisdiction were not wearing a seat belt.  In addition, CHP officers made 936 arrests for driving under the influence during the New Year’s MEP, which was one day shorter than the upcoming holiday enforcement period. 

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