CHP Thankful for Safe Drivers this Thanksgiving Holiday

It’s that time of the year to be thankful for many things in one’s life, and one of those things should be for the careful and defensive driving by family, friends and other motorists on the road.

“Be patient and attentive while traveling on the roadways this holiday season,” said California Highway Patrol (CHP) Commissioner Joe Farrow. “People are eager to see friends and loved ones, but it’s important to get to your destination safely.”

The CHP will be keeping a watchful eye on the motoring public as they head out on their road trips during the Thanksgiving Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) which begins Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 6:01 p.m. and continues through Sunday, Nov. 27 at 11:59 p.m. This MEP coincides with the “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign which begins tomorrow in California.

“Our goal is to encourage motorists to make safe choices to prevent tragedies,” said Commissioner Farrow.

The CHP reminds all motorists to buckle up, observe the speed limit and not to drink and drive. During the 2010 Thanksgiving weekend, 21 people were killed in collisions throughout California. Among the five vehicle occupants killed in CHP jurisdiction, one person was not wearing a seat belt.

It’s also important to remember to designate a non-drinking driver before the celebration begins. Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday, CHP made 1,546 arrests for driving under the influence, a nearly 6 percent increase from the same time the previous year.

“Whether it’s impaired or distracted driving, speeding because you’re in a hurry or you forget to buckle up, a careless decision made in an instant can hurt a family for a lifetime,” added Commissioner Farrow.

-from press release
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2 Responses

  1. Avatar > D. Schmidt says:

    Thank you cery much to the CHP for this alert, to be especially alert during this especial time of the year and also a big thank you to the publisher of such! However, is it not high time that a third lane be added to highway 5? When a big semi tries to pass another one of those "things" everybody that has driven that road knows what happens, right? Besides, during especial days like this Thanks Giving, why not no biggies on the roads everywhere, and especailly so, on 5? I hope this message gets to CHP ore even to higher authority if such needs to hear my message!

  2. Avatar Joanne Lobeski Snyde says:

    Thank you for such an excellent article. I'm always thrilled to see a CHP car on the road when I travel. I have seen, too many times, what a car traveling at speed with a group of people looks like after a distracted, or impaired moment of time changes a lot of lives. It happens so fast.