The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is reminding motorists to be safe on the road this weekend as they expect an increase in motoring numbers due to the upcoming July 4 holiday.

Independence Day falls on a Monday this year, bringing a three-day weekend for many and a likely increase in the number of vehicles on California roads, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The California Highway Patrol reminds motorists that driving too fast is not only illegal, but the leading cause of Traffic death.

To help increase travel safety, the CHP is expected to deploy additional patrol officers over the holiday weekend as part of a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP), including in Santa Clarita.

From Friday, July 1 at 6:01 p.m. to Monday, July 4 at 11:59 p.m., the cogeneration plans to observe the MEP with particular emphasis on speed control.

In addition to speeding, officers plan to be on the lookout for distracted and aggressive drivers, as well as motorists suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

“Give yourself enough time to reach your destination. Speeding not only endangers your life, but the lives of everyone on the road,” said CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray. “Fill the holiday weekend with fun celebrations and activities, not careless choices that lead to tragedy.”

There were 43 people killed in crashes on California roads during the 2021 Independence Day MEP, and more than a third of vehicle occupants who died in CHP jurisdiction were not wearing seat belts of security.

In addition, the CHP made 997 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs during the 78 hours of law enforcement efforts.

Last year’s intensified efforts to enforce speed limits over the Independence Day weekend, July 2-5, led to CHP officers issuing nearly 10,000 citations nationwide. state, according to CHP officials.

“Speeding is the number one factor in California road crashes, causing one-third of traffic-related fatalities,” Commissioner Ray added.

A May 2022 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that the number of people killed in speed-related crashes is on the rise across the country. According to NHTSA data, 11,780 deaths in the United States were attributed to speeding last year, a 5% increase from 2020.

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