CHP shifts into high gear to keep everyone safe on the roads for Memorial Day
Thursday, May 22, 2014 — As the public prepares for Memorial Day weekend, the California Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to buckle up, drive the speed limit and designate a non-drinking driver. These friendly reminders are part of the upcoming CHP Maximum Enforcement Period that begins at 6:01 p.m. Friday, May 23 and continues through 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 26.
“We encourage the public to put measures in place ahead of time to help make their road trip safe and enjoyable,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Leave early and allow for additional traffic delays, eliminate distractions behind the wheel, buckle up and always designate a sober driver.”
Last year, the 40 people killed in collisions in California during Memorial Day weekend represented a 60 percent increase from the same period in 2012. Among those who died within CHP jurisdiction, 40 percent were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.