Maximum Enforcement Period
Calif. – As the country readies for Labor Day weekend, the California Highway
Patrol (CHP) is reminding motorists to employ lifesaving measures on the
roadway. The final three-day weekend of the summer travel season is a national
tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and
well-being of our country.
anticipation of the holiday, the CHP is preparing for its annual Labor Day Maximum
Enforcement Period (MEP), which begins at 6:00 P.M. on Friday, August 29, and
continues through 11:59 P.M. on Monday, September 2nd .
Labor Day MEP also coincides with the ongoing national drunk driving
enforcement crackdown, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. If your Labor Day
celebration involves alcohol, ensure those plans also include a Designated Driver.
many people will spend the long weekend celebrating with their friends and
family, the law enforcement community will be on patrol working to keep the
highways hazard free,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Our main goal through this
high-visibility enforcement effort is to prevent tragedies from occurring.”
year during the Labor Day MEP, 49 people were killed in collisions on California
roadways, which was a 40 percent increase from the same period in 2012.
Tragically, more than 70 percent of those killed in collisions within CHP
jurisdiction were not wearing a seat belt.
us make the holiday weekend safe for yourself and everyone by thinking about
safety,” added Commissioner Farrow. “Buckle up, drive at a safe and legal
speed, avoid distractions, and designate a driver.”
year, CHP officers made more than 1,200 arrests for driving under the
influence. If you see a suspected drunk driver, call 9-1-1. Be prepared to assist the dispatcher by giving a
description of the vehicle, the license plate number, location, and direction
of travel. Before you call, be aware of your surroundings, especially streets,
highways, directions, city or nearest town within which you are calling. That
phone call may help save someone’s life.
mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of
Safety, Service, and Security to the people of California.