CHP: Drive Safe Drive Sober Campaign
The California Highway Patrol recently issued a press release about their upcoming Independence Day Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP). This year, the MEP starts at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening and runs until midnight on Sunday, the fifth. This year, CHP officials are worried about more than just impaired driving crashes. In addition to reminding everybody to drive safe and sober this holiday weekend, officials with the CHP are also encouraging people to take steps to stay safe due to COVID-19.
Drive Safe and Drive Sober
If you plan on driving somewhere this holiday weekend, make sure you’re engaging in safe behaviors behind the wheel. That means making a commitment to staying sober and abstaining from any distractions that could take your attention off of the roadway. Also, make sure to buckle up for every trip. It doesn’t matter if you’re going across town or across the state. Buckle up.
2019 Independence Day MEP Numbers
During last year’s Fourth of July MEP, 36 people were killed in traffic crashes, and 21 of those deaths happened in CHP jurisdictions. Of those 21 deaths, 11 were not buckled up at the time of the crash. Additionally, CHP officers made 1,317 drunk driving arrests during the 2019 Independence Day MEP.
CHP And COVID-19 Safety on California Roadways
First of all, they’re urging people to avoid traveling long distances for vacation or celebrations. Limiting travel can help to curb potential community spread. They’re also reminding people who do decide to leave home for the holiday weekend to make sure they’re staying safe by wearing face coverings, engaging in physical distancing and washing hands frequently.
Staying Safe on California Roadways
However you chose to celebrate Independence Day, make sure you stay safe. If you plan to celebrate away from home with alcohol, make sure you have a safe ride home. Whatever you do, don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. Even one drink can be one drink too many, and buzzed driving is drunk driving too.
The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a Safe and Happy Fourth of July Holiday Weekend, and if you have been injured in a crash involving a dangerous or impaired driver, contact our office at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.