CHP And Office Of Traffic Safety Urge Motorists To 'Slow Down' And Save Lives

While the holidays are a time of celebration for the public, they can also be a time of concern for the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). The CHP and its public safety partner, the OTS, are working together ahead of Independence Day to address the crisis on California's roadways by encouraging safe driving behaviors through education and enforcement.

"Reckless driving is a serious concern on California's roadways, and it is the responsibility of CHP and OTS to help keep the public safe," said CHP Commissioner Sean Duryee. "Every year, speed is the leading cause of roadway crashes in our state, resulting in thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths. Slow down and help us make our roads safer for everyone."

To help people arrive safely at their destination, the CHP will implement a statewide Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) beginning at 6:01 p.m. on Friday, June 30, and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. Throughout the extended holiday weekend, all available uniformed members of the Department will be on patrol to enhance public safety, deter unsafe driving behavior, and, when necessary, take appropriate enforcement action.

"Maximum enforcement helps save lives and protects everyone on our roads by holding drivers accountable for dangerous, unlawful behaviors like speeding and impaired driving," said OTS Director Barbara Rooney. "Whether you are traveling near or far, make a plan to go safely before heading to your destination. We want you and your loved ones to enjoy a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend."

Forty-four people were killed in crashes in California during last year's Independence Day weekend. In addition, CHP made nearly 1,000 arrests for driving under the influence throughout the 78-hour holiday enforcement effort.

Keep yourself and others who are on the road safe by designating a sober driver or using public transit or a ride-share service. If you see or suspect an impaired driver, call 9-1-1 immediately. Be prepared to provide the dispatcher a description of the vehicle, the license plate number, location, and direction of travel. Your phone call may save someone's life.

"We encourage you to safely enjoy your holiday weekend," added Commissioner Duryee. "Travel at a safe speed, avoid distraction behind the wheel, buckle up, and drive sober. Rest assured; CHP officers will be working diligently to protect those who are traveling on California's roadways."


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