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20 killed in car crashes, 900 impaired drivers arrested in 4 days leading to Christmas

The California Highway Patrol launches ‘Maximum Enforcement’ for New Year's
/ 05:15 PM December 27, 2023

SAN DIEGO – The California Highway Patrol is urging motorists to drive safely heading into the new year and is ramping up efforts to ensure safety by launching a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) this weekend.

The MEP will begin at 6:01 p.m. Friday and continue until 11:59 p.m. Monday.

The CHP said 20 people were killed in crashes within the agency’s jurisdiction from Dec. 22 to 25. CHP officers made over 900 arrests for driving under the influence during that period, an average of one every five minutes.

California Highway Patrol officer pulling over a driver on a highway

California Highway Patrol officers made over 900 arrests for driving
under the influence in a span of four days, an average of one every five minutes. FILE PHOTO

“Our personnel work through the holidays to help ensure people arrive safely at their destinations,” CHP Commissioner Sean Duryee said.

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“The goal is to maintain a safe environment on California’s roads, which is achievable when all motorists make responsible decisions behind the wheel.”

Besides assisting drivers and looking for traffic violations such as failure to wear a seat belt, speeding and distracted driving, CHP officers will be paying close attention to suspected impaired drivers or those driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

During the last New Year’s MEP, CHP officers made 570 DUI arrests statewide.

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Authorities advise revelers to designate a sober driver or use ride-share services, avoid distractions while driving and always wear a seat belt.

Those who see or suspect impaired drivers should call 911 immediately, and be prepared to provide a description of the vehicle, as well as its license plate number, location and direction of travel. (CNS)

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