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CHP to Begin Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period

CHP to Begin Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period

Posted: Dec 22, 2017 6:12 PM

Redding, Calif -- Millions of drivers are heading out onto the road this weekend, in hopes of making it home for Christmas.
But the California Highway Patrol will also be out in full force, making sure everyone is safe.
The department is beginning their annual “Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period," which will have more officers out on the road from Friday at 6:00 p.m. until Monday Christmas Day at 11:59 p.m.
One of the big things they’ll be looking out for is drunk driving.
“Make sure before you drink you have a plan to have that designated driver before you get behind the wheel," said CHP Public Information Officer Jason Morton.
This isn’t just for your safety but everyones.
CHP officers say in 2016, more than 600 DUI arrests were made over the Christmas weekend state wide.
With 23 of those incidents ending in death.
But even if you don’t have an accident, being arrested for DUI can carry some heavy consequences.
“Most the time you're going to lose your license for a year and after that isn’t not just the losing your license it’s the monetary part,” said Morton.
He adds a DUI can cost up to $15,000 if you add in court fees ,DUI classes, and special insurance.
So many people around town tell Action News Now they’re already thinking ahead.
“I have Lyft app on my phone and when my friends leave my house I can order that," said Johnny Escobado.

CHP says they do want everyone to have a good time this weekend but also a safe one.
They’ll also be on the look out for speeding and texting.

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