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California Highway Police Asking For DUI And Fatality Free Holiday Season

For the upcoming holiday celebrations, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is getting ready by educating people who get behind the wheel about safety on the roadways.

As part of the upcoming Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP), the CHP is reminding people to:

  • Wear seatbelt when travelling in any motor vehicle to avoid injury if an accident happens
  • Obey the posted speed limit to stay safe
  • Avoid distractions behind the wheel
  • Always hire a taxi to get home after consuming alcohol at any party or asking a sober friend to get you anywhere you want or stay at the place where the celebration is going on

On Wednesday 24th of December, the CHP’s Christmas MEP enforcement struggle will start from 6 p.m. and will end on Sunday, 28th of December2014 on 11:59 p.m. In the available time period, all available police officers will be out on the roadways for enhanced enforcement struggles, helping ‘people where they require it’.

CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said, “Our intent with the enhanced enforcement efforts during the holiday season is simply to save lives. We want everyone to have a happy holiday season this year and ensure nobody is forced to deal with the loss of a loved one”.

The main purpose of the anti-DUI struggle is to eliminate drunk-driving by giving knowledge to Californians about the dangers of getting behind the wheel after drinking alcoholic beverages. More than 10,000 individuals die every year in America by people who drive under the influence of alcohol, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In December 2012, the number of individuals who died due to collisions caused by an impaired driver was 830. The CHP hopes to eliminate the added danger of impaired drivers on our roadways in 2014.

During the 30 hours of 2013’s Christmas holiday MEP, 5 individuals died in traffic collisions. Among those who died were 2 pedestrians, 1 person was riding a motor bike and 2 vehicle passengers who were not wearing seat belts. 221 people were taken into custody by California Highway Patrol for driving under the influence during the same 30-hour time period.

“Have a safe, fun, and enjoyable holiday celebration this year. Just do it responsibly by making the right and responsible decision before you get behind the wheel and always designate a sober driver”, added Commissioner Farrow.

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