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CHP plans Maximum Enforcement Period for holiday weekend

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Posted at 3:34 PM, Jun 30, 2020

The California Highway Patrol is planning a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) from 6 p.m. Friday, July 3 to midnight Sunday, July 5.

CHP is encouraging drivers to slow down, use seatbelts and drive sober.

Recent lighter traffic has resulted in citations for excessive speed.

CHP said they issued 458 citations across the state for speeding in excess of 100 mph during the Memorial Day MEP. That's a 173 percent increase from the same period in 2019.

During the MEP for Independence Day in 2019, 36 people died in traffic crashes. CHP officers also made 1,317 arrests for driving under the influence.

CHP also wants to reminds anyone planning to travel to do so safely. They encourage wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing and washing hands frequently.

The California Department of Public Health is urging people to avoid traveling long distances as much as possible.