The California Highway Patrol (CHP) just issued a press release urging motorists to Slow Down and Celebrate Responsibly this holiday weekend. Unfortunately, the Fourth of July weekend is notorious for having an increase in injury causing and fatal crashes in California and across the nation. The CHP, as well as many other public safety and law enforcement agencies, will be taking measures to increase roadway safety over the holiday weekend. The CHP’s Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) will begin on Friday evening and run through Tuesday, July 4th. During this time, the CHP will be on the lookout for drivers who are speeding, distracted, not buckled up or potentially driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Independence Day Crash Facts
- During the 2016 Independence Day MEP, 35 people were killed on roadways in California.
- 65 percent of those people in the CHP’s jurisdiction were not buckled up at the time of the crash.
- The CHP made 1,118 DUI arrests during last year’s Fourth of July MEP.
- During the Independence Day Holiday weekends from 2011 to 2015, 751 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes nationwide.
Slow Down for Safety
During this year’s MEP, a top priority for the CHP is cracking down on speeding. Don’t risk a getting a speeding ticket on an otherwise joy-filled holiday weekend, and while it may be tempting to speed when you’re running late or in a hurry, it’s important to remember that speed limits are posted to keep roadways safe. Going even five or ten miles per hour over the speed limit can greatly increase your risk of getting into an injury causing or potentially fatal crash.
Buckle Up For Every Trip
Finally, the CHP is calling on motorists to buckle up this holiday weekend, and for every trip, all year long. Buckling up is the single most effective way to protect yourself in the event of a crash. The life you save could be your own. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a Safe and Happy Fourth of July weekend, and if you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk or distracted driver in San Diego or in any of the Central Coast communities, contact our Office at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.