CHP implements Maximum Enforcement Period throughout MEMORIAL DAY.
The California Highway Patrol will be implementing a maximum enforcement period, starting this evening through Memorial Day. With an increase in traffic and eased restrictions, we intend to try to keep the motoring public safe with additional resources throughout the state. We ask that you please drive safely to and from your destinations this holiday weekend.
According to the CHP, 34 people died in traffic collisions over Memorial Day weekend 2019 in California. Twenty-one of those deaths were in CHP's jurisdiction, and of those people who died, 10 were not wearing seat belts, the CHP said.
The CHP also reminds Californians that the law requires children younger than 8 ride in the back seat and that children younger than 2 are secured in a rear-facing child passenger safety seat.
Another concern for the CHP this holiday weekend is speeding. Since the state's coronavirus-related stay-at-home order has been in effect, the CHP has seen much less traffic on California roads but many more instances of excessive speeding.
Motorists driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol also remains another of the agency's concerns, with 1,099 arrests for DUI made by CHP officers over the 2019 Memorial Day weekend.
"The rules still apply, no matter how little traffic there may be," Commissioner Stanley said. "Obey the speed limit, fasten your seat belt, drive sober, and put down your phone."
We are still in a pandemic, so do not forget to maintain the appropriate safe distances, mask up and wash your hands thoroughly. If you plan on consuming some adult beverages, always designate a sober driver and If you see unsafe or drunk drivers, please call 911. We'll get through this together!