The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release about their upcoming holiday Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP). Although Thanksgiving is typically a time for expressing gratitude and spending time with loved ones, it’s also well known for being one of the busiest and deadliest holidays on roadways in California and across the U.S. Beginning on Wednesday, November 21, the CHP will be increasing patrols throughout the state. The MEP will be running until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 25. The CHP is hoping to reduce the number of injury causing and potentially fatal crashes that typically happen during this busy holiday weekend.
CHP on The Lookout for Dangerous Driving
Since alcohol impaired driving crashes are very common during this holiday weekend, the CHP will have a special focus on preventing and stopping drunk driving. Additionally, CHP troopers will also be on the lookout for other types of dangerous driving. They will be actively watching for seat belt violations, speeding, distracted driving and other serious traffic safety violations.
Thanksgiving Crashes by The Numbers
- Last year, an estimated 5.37 million Californians planned to travel by motor vehicle on Thanksgiving weekend.
- In 2017, there was a 61 percent increase in fatalities during the same time period in 2016, from 31 to 50 people killed in crashes within the CHP’s jurisdiction.
- During the 2017 Thanksgiving MEP, 59 percent of people killed in collisions in the CHP jurisdiction were not buckled up at the time of the crash.
Buckle Up and Avoid Distractions on the Road
Officials with the CHP are also reminding motorists to buckle up and avoid distractions this holiday weekend and all yearlong. Buckling up is the number-one way to protect yourself in the event of a wreck. Furthermore, always remember that the text or call can wait. Get to your holiday destinations safely, and give thanks for quality time spent with loved ones.
The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everyone a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving holiday, and if you have been injured in a car accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact our office at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.