The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has recently issued a press release calling on motorists across the state to buckle up for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and all yearlong. While this is usually a joyful holiday, the CHP is reminding motorists that it can also be a deadly time on roadways in California and across the country. Since buckling up is the most effective way to protect yourself in the event of a car accident, they’re calling on all drivers to buckle up and ensure their passengers, big and small, are buckled up or properly secured in size and age-appropriate car seats this weekend and all of the time.
Holiday Seat Belt Safety Statistics
- During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in California last year, 35 people were killed in crashes.
- Of those people killed in CHP jurisdiction, 41 percent were not buckled up at the time of the crash.
- Year-round, over half of people killed in crashes nationwide are not buckled up at the time of the crash.
- The NHTSA estimates that seat belts saved 12,802 people in 2014.
Holiday Maximum Enforcement Period
The CHP, along with other law enforcement agencies in California and all over the U.S., will be participating in a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) this holiday weekend. Law enforcement efforts will be stepped up to catch drunk drivers and to prevent injury causing or potentially fatal drunk driving crashes. They will also be on the lookout for many other traffic safety violations, including whether or not drivers and passengers are properly buckled up and secured. Last year, the CHP made more than 1,000 DUI arrests during the Thanksgiving MEP.
Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend Car Accidents
Nobody wants to imagine that an injury causing or potentially fatal car accident can happen to them or their loved ones, especially during the holiday season, but it is a reality for families in San Diego, along the Central Coast and all over the nation. If you or a loved one is injured in a crash over the holiday weekend, it’s essential to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer about your case as soon as possible.
The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and Happy Thanksgiving holiday, and if you were injured in a crash involving a drunk driver, contact our office at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.