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Jaime Coffee, Director of CommunicationsOffice of Media Relations601 North 7th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
Calif. – Memorial Day weekend is quickly approaching, and many Californians
are preparing to kick off the summer with a holiday gathering or road trip. Forty-five
people were killed in crashes in California during last year’s Memorial Day
weekend, nearly a 30 percent increase from the same period in 2021. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has a
plan to help people arrive to their destinations safely, while reducing the
number of deadly crashes on the state’s roads.
at 6:01 p.m. on Friday, May 26, the CHP will implement a statewide Maximum
Enforcement Period (MEP) in anticipation of the increased traffic that
often accompanies a holiday weekend.
The MEP will continue through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 29.
core mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service,
and Security to the communities we serve,” said CHP Commissioner Sean
Duryee. “This holiday, motorists can expect to see additional CHP officers patrolling California’s
roadways. All available uniformed members of this Department will be
on patrol during this Memorial Day MEP. Our primary focus will be to enhance public safety, deter unsafe
driving behavior, and when necessary, take appropriate enforcement action.”
In addition to assisting motorists and looking for traffic violations that
often lead to serious injury or death, such as failure to wear a seat belt,
speed, and distracted driving, CHP officers will be paying close attention to
people who are suspected of driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs and/or
CHP officers made nearly 900 DUI arrests during the Memorial Day MEP in 2022.
Keep yourself and others who are on the road safe by designating a sober
driver or using a ride-share service.
you see or suspect an impaired driver, call 9-1-1 immediately. Be
prepared to provide the dispatcher a description of the vehicle, the license
plate number, location, and direction of travel. Your phone call may
save someone’s life.
CHP’s Memorial Day MEP coincides with the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration’s ongoing Click It or Ticket campaign, which
4. Seat belts save lives. Take two seconds to secure your safety and
mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and