The California Highway Patrol is asking drivers to make safety their main course this Thanksgiving holiday.
The long holiday weekend has traditionally been one of the busiest travel times of the year and because of this extra care is needed, said Jaime Coffee, a spokesperson for CHP.
“The CHP will launch the maximum application period from 6:01 pm on Wednesday November 24 and will continue until 11:59 pm on Sunday November 28,” he said. “All available CHP officers will be on patrol looking for unsafe driving practices, including seat belt violations, speeding, distracted driving and signs of driving under the influence of the driver. alcohol or drugs. “
One of the most common infractions is driving too fast, said Jason Lyman, of the Nevada County CHP Gold Run Zone.
“Obviously it’s a very busy weekend, lots of traffic, so be patient, keep a good following distance,” he said. “Don’t be in a rush to get to that Thanksgiving dinner. The traffic is certainly going to be very heavy.
Because there were more restrictive requirements in place at the height of the pandemic throughout the year-end vacation in 2020, there may be a higher volume of traffic in 2021, Lyman said. He urged motorists to practice defensive driving.
“Don’t follow too closely and allow yourself sufficient space between vehicles,” he said. “And wear a seat belt and don’t talk on the cell phone while driving.”
Another danger to watch out for is road maintenance, Lyman said. While there is no construction going on during Thanksgiving, there are traffic cones in place that Nevada County drivers should be aware of. The cones will exit on Interstate 80 at Crystal Springs Bridge. In addition, cones exited on I-80 at Cisco Grove.
During Thanksgiving’s maximum application period of 2020, 33 people died on roads under CHP jurisdiction, 14 of whom were not wearing seat belts. The CHP also made 868 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
“When getting behind the wheel, make sure you and all of your passengers buckle up before you leave and always remember to avoid distractions,” said Amanda Ray, CHP Commissioner. “Correct use of the seat belt is the most effective way to save lives in the event of an accident. Everyone in the vehicle should be safe and secure before even starting the car, including children in the correct child safety seats. “
William Roller is a writer for The Union. He can be contacted at [email protected]