CHP Plans 'Maximum Enforcement' During Thanksgiving Holiday

The California Highway Patrol will have a crackdown on traffic violators on Wednesday through Sunday.

People planning to hit the road this Thanksgiving holiday weekend need to be strapped in, careful of their speed and mindful of other traffic safety rules—or face fines and other penalties, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday and continuing to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, the CHP will be cracking down on traffic violators during its annual Thanksgiving "maximum enforcement period."

All available CHP officers are deployed for the MEP. During last year's crackdown, the agency arrested 41 people in the Riverside area on suspicion of DUI, and 496 citations were issued for a variety of  infractions.

Statewide, 1,475 people were arrested.

The MEP coincides with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-sponsored "Thanksgiving Holiday Travel -- Buckle Up, Every Trip, Every Time" campaign.

"Although the majority of motorists in California are buckling up every time they get into a vehicle, there's still a small portion of the motoring public that need this reminder," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. "By not wearing your seat belt, the risk of death or injury in a collision substantially increases."

Thirty-two people died in roadway collisions in areas patrolled by the CHP during the 2011 Thanksgiving MEP. According to the agency, two-thirds of the victims were not wearing safety belts.

Along with Riverside, CHP offices in Beaumont, Indio and Temecula will be actively involved in the MEP.

"Motorists are less likely to be stopped by one of our officers if they simply wear their seat belts," said Temecula Area CHP Capt. Ernie Sanchez. "Not only is it required by law that everyone inside the vehicle be properly secured, seat belts are your best line of defense in a collision."

-City News Service

Theotis November 19, 2012 at 11:21 PM
after me theotis pounds a couple of 40`s,i will be ons my moped
The Teller of Truth November 19, 2012 at 11:32 PM
@LER, Last wed Marfa wrote this to you in case you missed it; Martha L. Bridges 8:03 am on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 "Really LER I am sick and tired of you reposting this comment on just about any and every new article or blog. Enough, already! The people who are interested and concerned have read the post previously, and you are simply 'turning people off' by repeating it endlessly. Please stop this spam!"
Diana November 20, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Why is it that every Holiday in this town always starts out with headlines that read: CHP Plans 'Maximum Enforcement' During whatever Holiday it is, geez!
The Teller of Truth November 20, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Because this is the PARADISE that we've created for ourselves? Hmmmm
Justice For All November 20, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Bitch, bitch, bitch....
Diana November 20, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Justice: and you say that as if it's a bad thing :)
censored messenger November 20, 2012 at 03:16 AM
It would be easy to clean LE up. Just have those tent prisons ready to be filled out in the desert, Maricopa County style, and then hit the major streets (Grand, etc) with ID check through ICE computers.... BTW, all legal resident aliens are required to carry their resident ID, That is normal in nearly all countries on Earth. They can technically be arrested if they fail to produce this ID to a peace officer, and they should from time to time..they are guests here, after all. Round up the tweekers on probation and parolees along with the registered offenders and criminal aliens, and get 'em on that bus to Needles....Allow the LE police to roust whomever they feel.....all these vagrants and cruisers won't return... The word would get out after a year and property values would start going up,
ROBERT BLACKMEN November 20, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Take those drunks off the road and all the pot heads with there medical marijuana.keep are kids and family safe for the holidays..
Net November 20, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I wonder how many cops will get away with DUI this Thanksgiving? Oh, none, they know where all the checkpoints are going to be!
Diana November 22, 2012 at 04:44 PM
What is it with the cops pulling people over and then after they have them at the curb they turn off all the lights on the police car? We saw this on three different incidents last night on Grand while driving home from Bear Creek, all three were between Corydon and Ortega, about 9?
Ethan Edwards November 22, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Diana, you're such a loser. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I'm going over to volunteer.
Diana November 22, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Ethan I hope that you find some kind of joy in this beautiful holiday season, you are such a bitter, angry, tormented man, I pray for inner peace for you.


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