With Independence Day barbecues, parties, and celebrations planned for Friday, the California Highway Patrol will be in full force to ensure a safe holiday.
The Independence Day Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) begins on Thursday at 6 p.m. and will continue through Sunday at 11:59 p.m. All available officers will be deployed during MEP to focus enforcement on occupant restraints, speed violations, and those driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
During 2013’s Fourth of July weekend, 56 people were killed in collisions across the state of California. Among those killed within CHP jurisdiction, 70 percent were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.
“Our goal is to use education and enforcement to get the message out to be responsible this weekend,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “We want everyone to have a great Independence Day weekend, but we also want you to do it safely and responsibly.”
The CHP will be on the lookout for impaired drivers and arresting those who choose to drink and drive; CHP made more than 1,500 arrests for driving under the influence during the 2013 Fourth of July weekend.
“The CHP’s mission is to save lives,” said Farrow. “This MEP is in place to help ensure everyone gets home safe to their family, friends, and loved ones this Independence Day weekend.”