American flag blowing in the wind.

American flag blowing in the wind.The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release about seat belt usage during the upcoming holiday weekend. Officials with the CHP are calling on motorists to buckle up this weekend and all yearlong. Since the Memorial Day holiday weekend is traditionally known for having a spike in drunk driving crashes, the CHP will be conducting a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP).

The MEP will run from 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24, to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 27. In addition to keeping an eye out for seat belt violations, CHP officers will also be on the lookout for distracted drivers and drivers who may be impaired by drugs or alcohol.

Memorial Day Weekend Crashes in California

  • Nearly half (46 percent) of all vehicle occupants killed in crashes within the CHP jurisdiction last Memorial Day weekend were unrestrained.
  • In all, 37 people were killed in crashes during the 78-hour holiday weekend in California last year.
  • CHP officers made 1,060 arrests across the state for driving under the influence (DUI) during that MEP.

Buckle Up for Every Trip, Every Time

No matter how far you’re going, remember to buckle up for every trip, every time. Motorists are reminded that buckling up is the single most effective way to protect themselves in the event of a collision. Seat belts work with air bags, so don’t think that if your vehicle has air bags you’re safe without buckling up. Air bags and seat belts work together.

Parents and caregivers are also reminded to make sure children are in age and size-appropriate restraint systems. Whether that’s a car seat, a booster seat or just buckled up in the back seat, children need to be properly restrained in motor vehicles at all times.

Memorial Day Weekend Car Accidents

In addition to the holiday weekend MEP, the CHP is also participating in the “Click It or Ticket” campaign this summer. CHP officers will be cracking down on seat belt violators, distracted drivers and other dangerous and negligent behaviors behind the wheel.

The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a Safe and Happy Memorial Day weekend, and if you have been injured in a crash, contact our skilled team at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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