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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

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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