CHP begins maximum enforcement period for 4th of July weekend


Traffic travels on Highway 101 in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel advisory last Thursday urging people to skip Thanksgiving travel and celebrate only with those in their households, and after the U.S. recorded over 1 million new cases in just the first 10 days of November. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — California Highway Patrol is giving an advance warning to people who may be taking a risk while driving this 4th of July weekend:

A Maximum Enforcement Period is in effect from 6:01 p.m. on Friday through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, July 5.

This means there will be more officers out on the roads to keep an eye out for unsafe driving. This includes speeding, distracted driving, and driving under the influence – plus aggressive driving and road rage.

To avoid trouble and any tragic situations on the road this weekend, CHP recommends:

“Allow yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and avoid unsafe driving behavior such as tailgating. Remaining calm and courteous behind the wheel reduces your risk of an unpleasant encounter with other motorists. If you feel you are at risk, call 9-1-1.”

The entire stretch of I-5 will also be on watch by not just CHP, but police in Oregon and Washington.

“By getting the message out, we are hoping for voluntary compliance from motorists,” added
Commissioner Ray. “However, officers will be looking for anyone who is speeding or driving impaired
and posing a danger on the roadways.”

One-fourth of all traffic fatalities in 2018 were a result of speeding, CHP reports.

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