CHP’s Enhanced Enforcement for Holidays

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has just issued a press release about their upcoming enhanced enforcement efforts during the busy holiday travel season. Because there will be additional vehicles on the roadway and the possibility of increased drunk-driving crashes, officers with the CHP will be out in full force during their Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP). The MEP will begin on Friday, December 22, at 6:00 p.m. and will run until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, December 25. This year, the MEP will be primarily focused on speeding enforcement. CHP officers will be on the lookout for signs of impaired drivers as well.

Safe Holiday Celebrations

While many of us will be celebrating with loved ones during the Christmas holiday, all available CHP officers will be on the roadways. Officials with the CHP are hoping the MEP will help to improve safety for motorists, pedestrians, and all other roadway users. Just because there will be increased traffic safety enforcement, doesn’t mean that motorists can neglect their own personal safety. Officials are also reminding drivers and passengers to buckle up for every trip.

Christmas Holiday Crash Facts

  • In 2016, 781 people died in drunk driving related crashes in December.
  • During the 2016 Christmas MEP, 23 people were killed in crashes in the CHP’s jurisdiction.
  • Of those vehicle occupants who were killed, half were not buckled up at the time of the crash.
  • Five pedestrians and two motorcyclists were also killed during that MEP.
  • 621 people were arrested for DUI in the CHP’s jurisdiction during last year’s MEP.

Holiday Car Accidents

Nobody should have his or her holiday ruined due to a preventable injury-causing accident. After any kind of crash involving a suspected drunk driver, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your claim. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a Merry Christmas and a Safe Holiday Season, and if you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a drunk or dangerous driver in or around the San Diego or Central Coast areas, contact our office at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.

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