CHP on maximum enforcement this Thanksgiving weekend

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Whether it’s getting to family or meeting up with friends for some holiday cheer this Thanksgiving, plan accordingly, because the California Highway Patrol will be watching. Statewide, CHP will be implementing its Maximum Enforcement Period over the holiday weekend. “We’re not taking the holidays off. Basically, all the officers that are working will be out this weekend,” said officer David Martinez of the Auburn CHP. “We’re just trying to saturate the county with increased officers.” The Maximum Enforcement Period is currently in effect and will run until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29. Officers will be on the lookout for drunk drivers, but will also be watching for reckless behavior and seat belt violators, as the enforcement period coincides with the statewide “Click It or Ticket” campaign. “We just want to get the people impaired off the road,” Martinez said. “With that, get these speeders to slow down and get people to buckle up.” During last year’s Thanksgiving holiday, 37 people were killed statewide in collisions, which was a 12 percent increase from the previous year. The CHP made 1,461 arrests for driving under the influence during last year’s maximum enforcement over Thanksgiving. “If people are going to drink they need to plan ahead and designate a driver to get them home safe,” Martinez said. ~ Andrew DiLuccia