The Reporter (Vacaville)

CHP urges safe driving for this Independen­ce Day


Even though people are eager to travel and get together with family and friends, the California Highway Patrol urging motorists to slow down and enjoy the holiday.

Beginning at 6:01 p.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m.Monday, the CHP will observe a Maximum Enforcemen­t Period (MEP) focused on speed enforcemen­t. To keep the roadways safe for everyone, all available officers will be watching for motorists who are distracted, speeding or driving under the influence.

People should allow themselves plenty of time to get to their destinatio­n and avoid unsafe driving behavior such as tailgating.

“Saving lives is a priority for our officers,” CHP Commission­er, Amanda Ray said in a press statement. “Motorists will help make everyone’s holiday safer on the road by observing the speed limits, avoiding distractio­ns, staying sober, practicing patience, and being courteous to other drivers.”

During the 2020 Independen­ce Day MEP, at least 36 people were killed in crashes on California roadways. The CHP also made 738 arrests for DUI of alcohol and/or drugs.

The most recent nationwide data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administra­tion shows one fourth of traffic fatalities in 2018 were the result of speeding. In fatal crashes in 2018, nearly half (48%) of speeding drivers in passenger vehicles were not using seat belts at the time of the crash.

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