CHP’s DUI and Fatality Free Holiday Season

Officials with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) have recently issued a press release asking for a DUI and Fatality Free Holiday Season. Not only is this season one of the most heavily trafficked times of the year, it’s also associated with an increase in drunk driving crashes. The CHP is getting ready to engage in their annual Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) in efforts to keep roadways safe for motorists and roadway users across the state.

Maximum Enforcement Period

The MEP will begin on Wednesday, December 24, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. and continue through December 28, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. During this time, all available CHP officers will be patrolling roadways. They will be enhancing their enforcement efforts and assisting roadway users in order to keep California roads safe and smooth for holiday commuters and travelers.

DUI and Holiday Crash Facts

• Over 10,000 people are killed by drunk drivers each year.
• 1,829 people were killed in traffic crashes in December of 2012.
• 830 of those people were killed in crashes involving impaired drivers.

Last Year’s Holiday Fatalities

The CHP reports that during the 30 hours of last year’s Christmas MEP, five people were killed in crashes. Those victims were made up of two pedestrians, one motorcyclist and two vehicle occupants who were not buckled up. Additionally, the CHP made 221 DUI arrests during that same time frame.

Tips for Holiday Travelers

• Always buckle up, for every trip.
• Follow the posted speed limit.
• Don’t be a distracted driver.
• If you’ve been drinking, designate a sober driver.

Safe and Happy Holiday Season

The CHP Commissioner wants holiday travelers to have a “Safe, fun and enjoyable holiday celebration” and is calling on motorists to make responsible decisions about driving this season, especially if celebrations include alcohol. When in doubt, get a designated driver. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is also quick to point out that buzzed driving is drunk driving.

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