Not so fast: CHP Maximum Enforcement during 4th of July weekend


Vehicles head east out of Los Angeles on the Interstate 10 freeway in Alhambra, California on May 27, 2021, ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. – Millions of Americans will hit the road and skies for travel after over a year of coronavirus pandemic restrictions. More than 37 milion people are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home between Thursday and Monday, according to AAA, on the weekend traditionally considered the unofficial start of summer. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP 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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