The California Highway Patrol is keeping a close eye on drivers this Labor Day weekend. CHP officers will be out in force making sure laws are followed and motorists are safe.
From Friday at 6 p.m. through Monday at 11:59 p.m., the CHP is declaring a Maximum Enforcement Period, meaning all officers available during those days will be on patrol finding drivers breaking the law.
Last Labor Day Weekend, 29 people died in traffic accidents, a 38 percent increase from the year before, often due to drivers and passengers not wearing seatbelts.
“It is very disheartening to know that 19 people lost their lives last Labor Day weekend as a result of not wearing their seat belt,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow in a statement. “What a tremendous price to pay for something that is entirely preventable.”
Each Labor Day weekend, the CHP arrests around 1,500 impaired drivers. Drivers should not get behind the wheel if they have been drinking, and groups should designate a driver who agrees not to drink.
“Impaired driving is more than a social issue; it is a criminal issue,” said Farrow. “As motorists travel throughout California, I want them to know the CHP will be out in force, working hard to remove impaired drivers and motorcycles from the roads. Our goal is for everyone to get safely to their destination.”