During the Fourth of July extended weekend, drivers in California should be aware they are being watched.
According to the report released by the authorities, drivers who aren’t making use of their seat belts, drinking and driving, or using their phones while behind the wheel and putting the lives of others in danger will be pulled over.
Beginning this Friday around 6 p.m., California Highway Patrol officers will launch their “maximum enforcement” campaign in order to ensure they are patrolling the streets and checking for DUI offenders. But drunk drivers are not the only ones putting lives in danger—distracted and negligent drivers are also going to be targeted.
The campaign will stay put from Friday, 6 p.m. to Sunday, just before midnight.
CHP officers say that the celebration period should be one of fun and happiness, tragedy should never be part of the equation. In order to ensure your Independence Day weekend is safe and fun, however, you must also take responsibility for your actions.
Officers will be patrolling inland freeways, unincorporated roads, and highways in order to catch any drivers failing to comply with the law.
Last year’s Fourth of July enforcement period produced 1,300 DUI arrests across the state. During the same period, 32 people were fatally injured in accidents. Over 20 of those who died suffered deadly injuries because they did not have their seat belts on.
If you’re going out to celebrate with family or friends and you intend to have a few drinks, make sure you have a designated driver ready to pick you up. With the increase in access to services like Uber or Lyft, drivers have the option of getting a ride home if they are going to be drinking.
Having the number of a taxi cab company handy could also help you to avoid serious accidents when heading home.
According to the data released by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 765 people were killed in DUI-related auto accidents across the country during the Fourth of July periods between 2008 and 2012. Countless others have been injured. In order to make sure your Fourth of July weekend is a safe one, keep in mind that fatigue, intoxication, and distraction can be deadly.
Focusing on the road and putting safety first will help you to avoid accidents.
For more on CHP’s announcement, follow this link.