CHP Urges SAFETY During
LABOR DAY Weekend
“Too many lives are lost on our roadways every year as a result of
impaired driving. Let’s end the summer safely and remember to designate a sober
driver, wear your seat belt, and obey all traffic laws,” CHP Commissioner Joe
mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of
Safety, Service, and Security to the people of California
August 31, 2016,
Sacramento, California ____ Although the Summer season will soon be coming to a
close, many Californians will continue to take advantage of the warm weather
into the Labor Day weekend. As the celebrations commence, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) wants everyone to enjoy their
holiday and to remain safe on California’s roadways.
CHP officers will be on duty during the Labor Day Maximum Enforcement Period
(MEP), from 6:01 P.M. Friday, September 2nd until 11:59 P.M. Monday, September
recognition experts and California Highway Patrol officers will be on patrol watching
for impaired drivers as well as assisting motorists in need throughout the
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
launched its annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
campaign August 19, 2016, that will promoted through September 5th.
This law enforcement crackdown is intended to zero in on drivers impaired by
alcohol or drugs and help reduce injury and fatal collisions. Research from
NHTSA shows that high-visibility enforcement, such as an MEP, can reduce
impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.
During last year’s
(2015) Labor Day-Weekend, CHP officers made more than 1,200 arrests for
driving under the influence.
people were killed in collisions in California during the same weekend, and
at least seven of those people killed were not wearing seat belts.
If you see a
suspected impaired driver, call 9-1-1.
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
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