During the Thanksgiving weekend, the California Highway Patrol will be out in full force in order to make sure that drivers are not exposing themselves and others to accident risks. Unfortunately, many drivers will completely ignore this report, driving erratically and sometimes, even intoxicated.
During the holiday season, accidents are more likely simply because there are many more vehicles hitting the road. But if drivers are not alert, they will end up making accidents more likely to happen.
According to the CHP, officers will be on patrol during the agency’s Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) in order to raise awareness to the importance of focus on the road at all times. They will also be enforcing traffic laws across the state so that accidents are less likely to occur.
Beginning on Wednesday, November 22, the period of maximum enforcement will continue through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 26. So if you’re planning on going on a trip this long weekend to spend some time with friends or loved ones during Thanksgiving, then keep in mind that you should avoid distractions. So tell your passengers to make sure they are not too distracting as it may lead to an accident.
Also, make sure to never drive while tired. If you’re too sleepy to continue, pull over to a spot where you can park safely and take a nap. Make sure to have a good night’s sleep before hitting the road, and have someone take the wheel if possible if you’re too tired to continue. Drowsy driving is serious and it’s a reality, especially during long trips.
According to officials, another important safety measure that many drivers ignore is the seat belt. Officials urge drivers and passengers to remember that one of the simplest and most effective safety measures you can take to avoid injuries during Thanksgiving weekend is to always have the seat belt on.
Last year, the CHP has reported, 14 out of the 27 people killed in crashes during Thanksgiving weekend weren’t wearing a seat belt.
We hope officials are able to prevent accidents by encouraging drivers to be safe and focused. We encourage you to share this report and remind your loved ones that accidents can be prevented. And remember, if you’re ever injured in an accident caused by a neglectful driver, do not suffer the consequences on your own.
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