As the nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day, the California Highway Patrol reminds everyone to plan ahead for a safe holiday for you and your family.
This year, the holiday falls on a Thursday; for many, it could turn into a four-day weekend full of celebration and good times.
Officers will be focusing enforcement out on the road during the long holiday break, looking for motorists who are a danger to themselves or others on our state’s highways.
The enforcement period begins today at 6 p.m. and continues through Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
“We want the public to enjoy their family, friends, food and fireworks,” said Joe Farrow, Highway Patrol commissioner. “However, that fun should not come at the expense of someone’s personal safety and the safety of those on the road with them.”
Last year’s Fourth of July enforcement period was only 30 hours long, but resulted in nine people being killed in the state.
In addition, Highway Patrol officers made 479 arrests for driving on the influence during the same time period.
The Highway Patrol encourages motorists to put a plan in place to save lives on the road this Independence Day.
A great start to a safe and enjoyable holiday begins by following a few helpful tips.
- If your Independence Day celebration includes drinking alcohol, arrange for a friends or family member who will not be drinking to be the designated driver.
- Always wear your seat belt. Made sure all passengers, adults and children are also buckled up.
- Watch your speed. Stay at or below the limit, depending on road conditions.
- Plan ahead if you will drive long distances. Add extra time to your trip so you will not feel rushed and take a break every hour or so to get refreshed.