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Cops Warn To Keep Holiday Celebration Off Roadway

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As Memorial Day weekend approaches, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is gearing up, ready to pass out tickets to motorists who are breaking the law.

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is gearing up, ready to pass out tickets to motorists who are breaking the law.

Their hope is to prevent catastrophe on the highway.

“Memorial Day weekend can be a safe celebration for everyone,” explains CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.  “It’s about making sound decisions and planning ahead before you head out on the highway; for example, wearing your seatbelt and designating a non-drinking driver beforehand.”

As with most holidays, the CHP is designating Memorial Day weekend a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP), which means that all available officers will be on patrol looking for drivers under the influence, speeders, and those not wearing their seatbelt.  The MEP begins on Friday, May 22 at 6 p.m. and extends to Monday, May 25 at midnight.

Last year on this holiday, 1,450 drunk drivers were arrested in California alone.

Along with looking for drivers under the influence, the highway patrol is searching for those failing to wear their safety belt. Last year, 68 percent of the people killed in motor vehicle accidents during Memorial Day weekend were not wearing their safety restraints. 

“Many of those deaths could have been easily avoided by taking just one second to buckle a seatbelt,” Commissioner Farrow stated.  “Unfortunately, too many motorists still need a reminder, which is why our officers will be on the lookout for those who are not buckled up.”              

Cops Warn To Keep Holiday Celebration Off Roadway

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