All the California Highway Patrol (CHP) wants for Christmas this year is improved traffic safety on California roadways. The CHP just issued a press release about their upcoming Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) for the Christmas holiday weekend. The MEP will start at 6:01 p.m. on Friday, December 23 and run until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, December 26. During this MEP, the CHP will have additional troopers out on California roadways. In addition to being on the lookout for drunk and distracted drivers, they’re also going to be focusing on speed enforcement this year.

2015 CHP MEP by The Numbers

  • During the 2015 Christmas MEP, 35 people died on roadways in the State of California.
  • 50 percent of the people who were killed in the CHP’s jurisdiction were not buckled up at the time of their crashes.
  • During the 2015 Christmas MEP, the CHP made 700 arrests for driving under the influence (DUI).

Buckle Up For Christmas and All Yearlong

The CHP is also calling on motorists to buckle up those seatbelts this weekend and all year long. This is the single most effective way to improve your safety in the event of a crash. You may not be able to help if other drivers are distracted or drunk behind the wheel, but you can buckle your seatbelt, ensure all children are in age and size appropriate child seats and insist everybody in your vehicle is buckled up at all times. It could save your life or the lives of your loved ones. It doesn’t matter if you’re going across the country to visit with friends and family or across town to get some last minute shopping done. Just buckle up.

Have a Safe and Merry Christmas Weekend

The CHP’s one Christmas wish is for California roadways to be safe this season. They’re calling on motorists to drive sober or get pulled over. If you plan on celebrating with alcohol, remember to designate a driver, and make a plan before the festivities begin. The CHP is going to be out in full force this weekend. They will be cracking down on speeding violators, distracted drivers and alcohol and drug impaired drivers. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and Merry Christmas weekend.

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