LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The California Highway Patrol Friday will begin cracking down on impaired driving, speeding and other dangerous violations, and continue the push through the Independence Day weekend, with a special focus on Interstate 5.
The CHP's "maximum enforcement period" begins at 6:01 p.m. Friday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday, according to CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray.
"Saving lives is a priority for our officers," Ray said. "Motorists will help make everyone's holiday safer on the road by observing the speed limits, avoiding distractions, staying sober, practicing patience and being courteous to other drivers."
This holiday is expected to be a lot busier than 2020, when the COVID- 19 pandemic kept millions of people at home. But even with fewer people on the roads last year, at least 36 people were killed in crashes on state roadways, and 1,317 motorists were arrested for driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the CHP.
The CHP will join an effort Friday with state patrols in Washington state and Oregon to enforce speed limits all along Interstate 5. Citations for driving in excess of 100 mph increased 161% from May 2019 to May 2020, and the numbers still exceed pre-pandemic levels.
"Driving responsibly and at a reasonable speed is the best way to help ensure you and your passengers will arrive at your destination safely," Ray said.
The most recent nationwide data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show one-fourth of traffic fatalities in 2018 were the result of speeding, while 48% of speeding drivers in passenger vehicles were not using seat belts at the time of the crash.