Maximum Enforcement Period for the Holiday Weekend

With a record number of Memorial Day drivers expected to hit the highways of the Golden State, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will conduct a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP).  Seat belt usage is the focus this year, the MEP will run from 6 p.m. this Friday, to 11:59 p.m. on Monday.  Nearly half (46 percent) of all vehicle occupants killed in collisions within CHP jurisdiction last Memorial Day weekend were unrestrained.  CHP officers will be out in force throughout California looking for traffic safety violations and making efforts to educate motorists to ensure a safe holiday.  Officers will also be watching carefully for distracted drivers and those who are impaired by drugs or alcohol.  In all, 37 people died in crashes during the 78-hour holiday enforcement effort in California.  Additionally, CHP officers made 1,060 arrests in California for driving under the influence.

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