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California Highway Patrol Warns Drivers About ‘Maximum Enforcement Period’ During Holidays

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has warned drivers, including those in Santa Clarita, not to drive under-the-influence during the holiday season. 

Santa Clarita drivers have been warned by CHP not to engage in driving-under-the-influence of drugs or alcohol during the holidays, and that the CHP’s Maximum Enforcement Period is set to be in place.

“The CHP will be out on California’s roadways while the public travels to join friends and family this weekend,” said CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray. “Our goal is the same as yours, to make certain you arrive safely at your destination. From our family to yours, we wish you all a safe and happy holiday.”

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The CHP’s Maximum Enforcement Period is slated to begin at 6:01 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 24, and continue through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 26.

During the listed time, all available officers are set to be on the road for enhanced enforcement and to help out any drivers or pedestrians needing assistance, according to CHP officials.

At least 38 people were killed in crashes in California throughout the Maximum Enforcement Period last Christmas, according to CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System data.

CHP officers made 573 arrests for driving under-the-influence during that 78-hour Maximum Enforcement Period, according to CHP officials.

“Wherever your holiday travels take you, remember to plan ahead, buckle up, avoid distractions, and never drive while impaired,” CHP officials warn. “The mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security.”

For more information on CHP alerts, click here.


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California Highway Patrol Warns Drivers About ‘Maximum Enforcement Period’ During Holidays

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Tim was raised in Santa Clarita and attended COC before transferring to UC Berkeley in 2017. After getting his B.A. in political science, Tim joined KHTS as a News Intern in 2021.