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May 26, 2010 11:55 AM by Bethany Tucker

CHP warns drivers of Memorial Day enforcement period

Memorial Day travelers will be seeing an increased California Highway Patrol presence on the roadways.

The CHP reminds all drivers to drive safely and buckle up this holiday weekend. This weekend is what the agency calls a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP), meaning every available officer will be out on the roads looking for drivers who are a danger to themselves or others. The MEP begins Friday at 6:00p.m. and ends Monday at 11:59p.m.

"Insist everyone is properly restrained with a seat belt or a child safety seat before starting your engine," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow in a press release. "Those two seconds could save your life or the life of someone you love."

In last year's Memorial Day MEP, the CHP says 45 people were killed on California roadways. CHP officers say they also made 1,465 arrests.

Also, in an effort to keep drunk drivers off the road, the CHP asks drivers to be a part of their team. They ask people to report drunk drivers by calling 911. When calling, be sure to give a good location and direction the suspected drunk driver is traveling. A color, make and model of the vehicle is also helpful.

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