The holiday season is in full swing and residents and visitors are getting their celebration on. To help to calm prevail on our roadways, officials with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) are geared up and they're on the hunt for intoxicated drivers. It's all a part of the CHP's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" holiday enforcement effort, according to KHTS.
The enforcement period will be taking place from the 21st through the 25th of December. There will be many more officers out on our roadways during this time hunting down dangerous drivers and working to help our motorists wherever needed.
"We want you to enjoy the season and remember that safety is a crucial element," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.
Our Los Angeles drunk driving accident attorneys understand that there were already close to 500 people busted for drunk driving in Southern California during the first strand of enforcement efforts, from the 14th through the 16th of December. According to the Belmont Shore-Naples Patch, there have been 2 fatalities recorded because of impaired over the holiday season and we're not even into the worst of it, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
"Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers - Call 911! Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration," stated a press release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
The holiday season can be pretty dangerous for drivers. Motorists have bigger concerns than safety apparently. Unfortunately, younger drivers, men and those who are driving at night face some of the highest risks for accidents with impaired drivers.
During the enforcement campaign last year, there were close to 15 people who died in accidents like these in the state of California. Half of these victims were not wearing their seat belt when the accident went down. During this same enforcement period, there were nearly 1,000 arrests made for driving under the influence. And this was only a 78-hour enforcement period.
Holiday Safe Driving Tips:
-Go out with a plan. Designate a sober driver or make other arrangements to get home safely before you head out.
-If you're drinking, do not drive.
-Remember you can call to have someone pick you up or you can take the bus or other forms of transportation home.
-If you know someone who has been drinking and is about to drive, don't let them get into the car. Instead, help them to find a safe and sober way home. You may wind up saving someone's life.
-Call 9-1-1 if you think you see a drunk driver along our roadways. Call with a description of the vehicle, the location of it and the direction it's going.
Remember, there will also be a New Year's holiday weekend enforcement for these dangerous drivers. That will be taking place from December 28th through January 1st.
If your or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, contact HOWARD LAW P.C. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call (800) 872-5925 today!
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