CHP heightens patrols for Christmas holiday

As Californians ready for their holiday travels, the California Highway Patrol is set to begin its annual increase in patrols.

The Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period is a two-day holiday enforcement effort, designed to help ensure the safety of the motoring public during a time when celebrations are in full swing.

The effort begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24, and continues through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 25. 

In addition to assisting motorists, CHP officers are on heightened alert for unsafe drivers who speed, or fail to buckle-up themselves or their passengers, and impaired drivers.

“Christmas is a time for family and friends to get together, and we want to make sure everyone arrives safely at their destinations,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Drivers are reminded to make wise decisions ahead of time for their own safety and the safety of others sharing the roadways with them.”

During last year’s Christmas initiative which was just over 4 days, 39 people were killed in
collisions in California.

CHP officers made more than 1,170 DUI arrests throughout the 102-hour traffic safety effort.

The public is encouraged to call 9-1-1 if they suspect another driver of being under the influence.

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