Friday, August 29, 2014

CHP Braces for Labor Day Holiday Trips

Workers, rejoice because once again, a long weekend is in your midst. Every 1st of September in every year, the United States celebrates Labor Day. As expected, such will be another busy and heavily travelled weekend in California and almost all the other states for that matter. That is because every year, millions of Americans look forward to the Labor Day holiday to go around on road trips to enjoy.

Accident-prone Holiday

Every year, several accidents are recorded throughout the country during the annual celebration of Labor Day. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), in 2013, 49 people were killed while hundreds were injured because of motor vehicle accidents. This was a 40 percent increase from the same period in 2012. There are many reasons as to why such accidents happen. More than the increased traffic during the Labor Day Holiday, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) incidents are recorded. In fact, the CHP has arrested more than 1,200 people for violating the DUI laws. That is why various state and federal agencies are coming up with programs to help lessen instances of accidents during this long weekend.

The Labor Day Maximum Enforcement Period

Beginning today, Friday, at around 6pm, the CHP will start its annual Labor Day Maximum Enforcement Period. During the implementation of such program, the CHP also celebrates the national drunk driving enforcement crackdown “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”. Authorities are encouraging motorists to be responsible on the road to ensure that they will enjoy that highly-anticipated holiday trip. During such time, the CHP will intensify their campaigns to catch DUI drivers. In fact, the agency appealed to responsible motorists to immediately report a suspected drunk driver. By calling 911, a motorist can give a description of the vehicle, the license plate number, location, and its direction of travel. By doing so, you will be able to lead the CHP to suspected DUI drivers and get them off the road. This helps make roads safer, avoiding potential accidents from happening. The CHP added that their workers will be monitoring 24/7 to prevent road accidents during the long weekend.

Plan for a Safe Trip

The CHP also appealed to motorists to come up with a plan to ensure the safety of their weekend trips. The agency advised motorists to ensure the good condition of their vehicles by checking on it before embarking on a trip. Moreover, buckling up, driving defensively at a safe and legal speed, avoiding distractions, and designating drivers, motorists in California can contribute to the prevention of injuries and loss of lives during this time of celebration.

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