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CHP begins maximum enforcement period

Thanksgiving is a notoriously busy time to travel, and as of 6pm Wednesday the California Highway Patrol already started its annual Thanksgiving Maximum Enforcement Period.

Posted: Nov 22, 2017 5:36 PM

Thanksgiving is a notoriously busy time to travel, and as of 6pm Wednesday the California Highway Patrol already started its annual Thanksgiving Maximum Enforcement Period.

Speeding is just one of the things officers will be looking for this Thanksgiving.

This is a period when all available officers will be deployed, also looking for drunk drivers and people not wearing their seatbelts, among other things.

Oroville CHP Officer Ryan Lambert today said he's hoping there will be no DUIs or accidents, but says statistically that's probably not going to happen.

“The amount of traffic is going to double or maybe even triple as people are travelling to get to their families for the holidays, so the more traffic, the more officers we need out on the roads to provide our services,” he said.

He said they're doing their best to keep the road safe, but says sometimes they don't know what else to do.

Speeding is a problem, so they now have a unit specifically assigned to highway 70, but just last weekend 2 more people died as a result of a drunk driver running a stop sign.

The maximum enforcement period will end at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

Last year during the same Thanksgiving enforcement period, 55 people died on state and local roads in traffic collisions.

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