News reports indicate that the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is gearing up for the Memorial Day weekend. The law enforcement agency wants to remind drivers heading on road trips to buckle up, avoid drinking and driving, drive at safe speeds and eliminate distractions.
CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said, “As the public heads out to enjoy quality time with their family and friends this holiday weekend, we want them to have fun and be safe. When you get in the care, make the choice to buckle up and ensure your passengers are secured as well.”
Memorial Day weekend is a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) for the CHP. To ensure further safety over the weekend, CHP Area offices will deploy all officers from 6pm Friday through 11:59pm Monday. This method was proven effective in 2010 with a 62 percent reduction in the amount of people killed on Californian roadways from the previous year. In 2009, one third of the individuals killed were not wearing safety belts at the time of their crash.
“Law enforcement would rather motorists buckle up and be safe, than have to issue a citation. Don’t put your life or the lives of your passengers at risk, insist on seatbelts, “ Farrow said.
Unsafe speeds and improper turning have been determined to be the main causes of accidents over the Memorial Day weekend. The CHP’s holiday enforcement effort coincides with their “Click It or Ticket” seatbelt campaign this year, which will continue through June 5.
“While it’s encouraging that California’s current seat belt and child safety seat usage rates are at an all-time high, it’s the goal of law enforcement to get motorists to buckle up everyday, not just over the holiday weekend,” Farrow added.
As a car accident lawyer, I know that this holiday weekend will have its fair share of incidents. To ensure safety, buckle up, don’t drink and drive and keep your vehicle at a safe speed. If you have been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another driver, call a Los Angeles car accident lawyer to discuss your legal rights.