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CHP’s Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period begins Friday evening

Posted at 2:46 PM, Dec 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-21 21:50:36-05

The CHP begins its Maximum Enforcement Period Friday ahead of the Christmas holiday.

CHP officers will be out in force beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, December 21 through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, December 25.

Officers are specifically looking for speeding drivers, but they will also be looking out for impaired drivers.

During the enforcement period, all available officers will be out on the roads.

“The California Highway Patrol wishes everyone a happy and, most importantly, safe holiday season,” said CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley. “Please remember to drive sober, avoid distractions, always buckle up, leave plenty of time to reach your destination, and consider the possibility of inclement weather.”

The CHP says 16 people died during the 2017 Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period within the agency’s jurisdiction. 12 were in vehicles, and officers say half were not wearing a seat belt. Three pedestrians and one motorcyclist were also killed.

CHP says it made 917 arrests for driving under the influence. 27 people were killed in collisions across the state, which includes areas beyond the CHP’s jurisdiction.