CHP at maximum enforcement for Labor Day weekend

ANTELOPE VALLEY – During this heavily traveled Labor Day weekend, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers will be out in force, keeping a close eye on the roads, and enforcing the law to keep motorists safe.

The three-day holiday is a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) for the CHP, beginning Friday, August 31, at 6 p.m. through Monday, September 3, at 11:59 p.m.

Throughout the MEP, all available officers will be on patrol cracking down on impaired drivers, speeders, and those who are a danger to themselves and others on the state’s roadways.

During last year’s Labor Day weekend, 29 people were killed in traffic collisions across California – a 38 percent increase from the previous year.

Motorists choosing not to wear safety equipment contributed to the drastic increase in casualties.

“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. “What a tremendous price to pay for something that is entirely preventable.”

The CHP averages around 1,500 arrests for impaired driving every Labor Day MEP.

Californians who drink alcohol are highly encouraged to designate a non-drinking driver in advance of the weekend and to call 9-1-1 to report suspected drunk drivers.

“Impaired driving is more than a social issue, it is a criminal issue,” said Commissioner 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 motorcycle riders from the roads. Our goal is for everyone to get safely to their destination.”

The CHP offers the following safety tips to help keep drivers and motorcycle riders safe during this holiday weekend:

  • Designate a non-drinking driver in advance or plan for alternative transportation if you will be consuming alcohol.
  • If hosting a party, provide non-alcoholic drinks for the designated driver.
  • Buckle up or wear proper safety equipment, depending on your mode of travel.
  • Establish and enforce a distraction-free zone behind the wheel.
  • Leave plenty of time to get to your destination, so you are not speeding to get somewhere.
  • Get plenty of rest and, if possible, coordinate with your passengers so that no one is driving while fatigued.

With law enforcement and highway workers keeping the freeways safe this busy weekend, drivers are also reminded of California’s move over or slow down law. It requires motorists and motorcycle riders to change to another freeway lane or, when not able to, to slow to a reasonable and prudent speed to cautiously pass emergency personnel stopped on the side of the freeway. The law applies to authorized emergency vehicles, tow trucks, or Department of Transportation vehicles when displaying flashing emergency lights or amber warning lights.

(Information via press release from California Highway Patrol.)

  9 comments for “CHP at maximum enforcement for Labor Day weekend

  1. Scott Pelka
    September 1, 2012 at 10:40 am

    How about a DUI checkpoint coming out of Bex or any point to catch people leaving the Blvd. Bet they would catch a lot of drunks that way.

    • William
      September 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      They really need a DUI checkpoint for people going INTO BeX with its ‘B’ grade from the health department in its first year. The patrons must be wasted to see that sign and eat there anyway. They must think alcohol kills all germs.

      ‘World Class City’ as Rex calls Lancaster. Marie Callender’s had a ‘B’ grade for a while too. Can you imagine what it’s like in little old rundown restaurants and cafes in Lancaster? It’s a good thing there is a drug store on the BLVD.

    • T-Bone
      September 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      Rex wouldn’t want that…He may get busted if there was a checkpoint on the Blvd!

  2. R.W
    August 31, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Does that mean the rest of the time they’re not really making an effort?

    • T-Bone
      August 31, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      That is a dumb statement. This is maximum enforcement not the only enforcement. Anyway… Have another Beer!

      • D. Fife
        August 31, 2012 at 8:19 pm

        I’m sure it means more than the usual number of officers on patrol, compared to other Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

        • T-Bone
          September 1, 2012 at 5:46 am

          Obviously. I was talking to RW…

          • R.W
            September 2, 2012 at 6:28 am

            I don’t drink :)

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