PALM DESERT, CA – With the 4th of July a Monday in 2022, the California Highway Patrol plans to increase the number of cars on California roads.
In Palm Desert, Palm Springs and surrounding unincorporated towns, CHP officers want to remind motorists that driving too fast is illegal and the leading cause of death on the road.
“To help slow motorists and increase travel safety, the CHP will be deploying additional patrol officers over the holiday weekend as part of a maximum enforcement period,” Officer Mike Lassig said. .
The maximum application period begins at 6:01 p.m. on Friday, July 1 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, July 4.
In addition to speeding, officers will be on the lookout for distracted and aggressive drivers and motorists suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
“Give yourself plenty of 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 reckless choices that lead to tragedy.”
According to the CHP, driving sober, at road-safe speeds and wearing a seatbelt is key to helping save lives.
In 2021, a total of 43 people were killed in crashes on California roads. More than a third of vehicle occupants who died in the CHP’s jurisdiction were not wearing seat belts.
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.
Increased efforts in 2021 to enforce speed limits over Independence Day weekend, July 2-5, led CHP officers to issue nearly 10,000 citations statewide.
“Speeding is the number one factor in California road crashes, causing one-third of traffic-related fatalities,” Commissioner Ray said.
A May 2022 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that the number of people killed in speeding crashes is increasing nationwide. According to NHTSA data, 11,780 deaths in the United States were attributed to speeding last year, a 5% increase from 2020.
CHP’s mission is to provide the highest level of safety, service and security.