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Thanksgiving MEP

 Thanksgiving MEP

Despite winter-like weather projected in many parts of the state, around seven million Californians will be traveling over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday period, the most since 2005.  The heaviest travel time is anticipated to be Wednesday afternoon as many people will be leaving work early to head out to their destination.  To help motorists arrive at their destinations safely, the CHP will implement a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) and deploy all available officers through the holiday weekend.   The MEP begins at 6:01 p.m. on Wednesday, and continues through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.   According to the CHP’s MEP data, 59 people were killed in collisions in California during the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday weekend.   Among the 42 vehicle occupants killed in collisions within CHP jurisdiction, 43 percent of those, or 18 people, were not wearing a seat belt.   Another way to help keep the roadways safe during the holidays is to designate a sober driver.  During last Thanksgiving’s 102-hour MEP, CHP officers made 931 arrests for driving under the influence.  The Amador and Calaveras CHP encouraging everyone to slow down, use caution, and make sure to carry snow chains if heading to the high country.                                                                                    Written by Jerry Guidi

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