Whether you’re attending a friend’s barbecue or traveling to a destination for fireworks this 4th of July, be mindful of the speed limit, designate a non-drinking driver and always buckle up, the California Highway Patrol says.
The CHP will be holding a Maximum Enforcement Period starting Tuesday, July 3, at 6 p.m. until Wednesday, July 4, 11:59 p.m. to monitor motorists who are a potential threat to themselves and others.
“When celebrating Independence Day, the CHP wants you to be safe,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow in a statement. “When driving, be sure to leave plenty of time to get to your destination. Most importantly, before heading out, insist everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seat belt and children are secure in safety seats.”
On July 4th last year, 34 people were killed in traffic collisions in California, compared to 23 people who died in 2010.
“It is alarming to know that more than 80 percent of the people who were killed in vehicle collisions over the Independence Day holiday last year may have survived had they taken the time to buckle up,” added Commissioner Farrow.
Last year, over the Independence Day weekend, CHP officers made 1,562 arrests for driving under the influence.
The CHP reminds motorists to designate a non-drinking driver before they celebrate to ensure everyone’s safety while on the road.