CHP’s Labor Day Maximum Enforcement Period
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has just issued a press release regarding their upcoming Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) during the Labor Day holiday weekend. Since the upcoming holiday weekend is well known for parties, backyard barbeques, and celebrations, it’s also well known for having an increase in crashes involving impaired drivers. Officials with the CHP will be out in full force across the state in efforts to keep the roadways safe.
The Maximum Enforcement Period
The MEP will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 29 and continue until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 2. The CHP’s MEP will also be happening during the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” public safety campaign which is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers and costs associated with drunk driving. CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow is quick to point out that this Maximum Enforcement Period is designed to prevent tragedies from occurring this holiday weekend.
Labor Day Drunk Driving Facts
• Over 1,200 arrests were made for drunk driving during the Labor Day holiday weekend last year.
• Last year, 49 people were killed in collisions during the holiday weekend, which represented a 40 percent increase from 2012.
• 70 percent of people killed in collisions within the CHP’s jurisdiction were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash
What to do if You Spot a Drunk Driver
The CHP is encouraging people to call 9-1-1 if they spot a drunk driver this weekend. Before calling, concerned citizens should take note of their surroundings, so they can help dispatchers and law enforcement officials to locate the dangerous driver. Make sure you know what street you’re traveling on, so you can tell dispatchers exactly where the drunk driver is. Although it’s much easier to just not get involved, a simple phone call can help get a drunk driver off the road and potentially save somebody’s life.
Party-goers are also encouraged to celebrate responsibly this weekend and all year long. If you plan on drinking, make sure you’ve got a safe ride home planned. Never get behind the wheel after drinking, even if you think you’re okay to drive. Buzzed driving is drunk driving. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and happy holiday weekend.