CHP: Make Labor Day Travel Safety a Priority

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release calling on motorists to make Labor Day travel safety a top priority this year. The CHP is currently gearing up for their Labor Day Weekend Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP). Unfortunately, the upcoming holiday weekend is well known for having a spike in injury causing and fatal crashes due to issues like drunk and drugged driving. It’s also a last chance for many people to take summer road trips, so there’s usually an increase in traffic on roadways too.

Labor Day Maximum Enforcement Period

Last year, the Labor Day MEP resulted in more than 900 DUI arrests. Even with enhanced enforcement efforts, there were 46 motor vehicle crash deaths during that weekend. Many of those people were not buckled up at the time of the crash, so CHP officers are calling on everybody to buckle up this holiday weekend and all year round. It doesn’t matter if you’re going a few blocks down the road or on a cross-country road trip.

CHP on the Lookout for Drunk and Drugged Drivers

This year, the MEP begins on Friday, September 3, at 6:01 p.m. and runs through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 6. CHP officers will be out in full force cracking down on dangerous drivers. They’ll be on the lookout for impaired drivers and anybody practicing unsafe driving habits. CHP officers are also going to be on the lookout for drug-impaired drivers. CHP officers and sergeants have received additional training on detecting drug-impaired drivers, so they are bringing their training and skills to the streets.

Holiday Weekend Car Accidents in San Diego

Officials and safety advocates are calling on motorists to stay safe this holiday weekend. If you plan on celebrating with alcohol, designate a driver or have some other plan to get home safely. Additionally, no matter where you’re going, make sure you buckle up. It’s the single most effective way to protect yourself in the event of a crash.

The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a Safe and Happy Labor Day Weekend, and if you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a drunk or drugged driver in San Diego or anywhere in Southern California, contact our office at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.

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