SACRAMENTO, Calif. â€“ As the public prepares for Memorial Day weekend, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) 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 (MEP) that begins Friday, May 23, at 6:01 p.m. and continues through Monday, May 26, at 11:59 p.m.
â€œWe encourage the public to put measures in place ahead of time to help make their road trip safe and enjoyable,â€ said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. â€œLeave early and allow for additional traffic delays, eliminate distractions behind the wheel, buckle up, and always designate a sober driver.â€
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.
The MEP coincides with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationâ€™s ongoing â€œClick It or Ticketâ€ campaign, which continues through June 1, 2014.
â€œSeat belts and child safety seats increase a personâ€™s chance of surviving a collision,â€ added Commissioner Farrow. â€œProtect yourself and those that you love every trip, every time, and insist they buckle up.â€
Keeping the roadways free from impaired drivers is another key component to increasing travel safety this holiday weekend. During the 2013 Memorial Day MEP, the CHP made more than 1,200 arrests for driving under the influence.
The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security to the people of California.