CHP to Kick Off Maximum Enforcement This Weekend

CHP to Kick Off Maximum Enforcement This Weekend

Posted: May 24, 2018 6:55 PM
Updated: May 25, 2018 9:39 AM

REDDING, Calif - Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, which to many means hitting the highway for an adventure away from home.

But with travel comes many safety concerns that can be prevented.

That’s why the California Highway Patrol will be out in full force cracking down on a series of issues.

These issues include speeding, drunk driving, and seat belt checks.

"Even though 96% of individuals do wear their seatbelts on a daily basis it’s that 3.5 percent.That we are still trying to get to wear seatbelts. Because that's still a million people,” said CHP officer Calvin Robertson.

During the 2016-2017 year … approximately 70 percent of drivers and occupants were not wearing a seat belt.

A total of 921 people were arrested for driving under the influence.

And another 45 people, statewide, died in a crash.

"That 45 we want to see that number go down so that's what we're about. That's what we're doing in this maximum enforcement period,” said Robertson.

But CHP Officers here in the North State say they hope everyone will stay safe this weekend, even if that means having to hand out tickets.

"I mean unfortunately a lot of times the way that we learn is sometimes through getting a ticket,” said Robertson.

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