CHP: Kick Off 2016 Safely
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has recently issued a press release about kicking off 2016 safely. They’re calling on motorists in California to resolve to make safe choices in the coming year, starting with designating a driver for New Year’s Eve parties. The CHP will be starting the New Year with a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP). The MEP will begin on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 6:01 p.m. and run until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 3, 2016. Not only will all available troopers be on the lookout for potentially alcohol-impaired drivers, they’re also going to be watching for distracted drivers and other safety violations.
Drunk Driving on New Year’s Eve
During the 2014-2015 New Year’s Holiday MEP, 28 people were killed in crashes in the State of California. Seven of the 13 vehicle occupants killed in CHP jurisdiction were not buckled up at the time of the crashes. During last year’s 102-hour long MEP, officers with the CHP arrested more than 1,100 people for driving under the influence. The CHP is also quick to point out that even drivers under the legal drinking age are at risk for drunk driving crashes. In 2013, 19 percent of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes were alcohol impaired at the time of the crash.
Designate a Driver
Get home safely after ringing in the New Year. Make designating a driver part of your New Year’s Eve plans. Getting home safely could also be as simple as pre-programming your phone with a ridesharing app. No matter what, don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking.
Have a Safe and Happy New Year
Ensuring you have a safe ride home this New Year’s Eve is essential for starting your year off safely. In addition to designating a driver or making arrangements for a safe ride home, buckle your seat belt. Whether you’re in a friend’s car, a pickup truck, an Uber car, a cab or a van, buckle up. Just because you made the right choice to find a safe ride home doesn’t mean everybody else will. New Year’s Eve is a dangerous night to be out. Designate a driver, buckle up and make a commitment to distraction-free driving in 2016.
The whole team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a Safe and Happy New Year!