Crackdown on DUI Drivers Over Memorial Day Weekend in California

 Crackdown on DUI Drivers Over Memorial Day Weekend in California

Police Made 1,100 DUI Arrests in 2023

On Memorial Day, we collectively mourn and honor U.S. military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

However, on the Tuesday after, we also unwittingly mourn the loss of civilian lives to DUI traffic accidents over this solemn weekend.

“Last year there were 46 deaths over the holiday weekend in California,” said Attorney James Johnson. “So now those family members will forever see Memorial Day as a reminder of their personal loss.”

A 65-year-old Fountain Valley woman was one of the 46 people who died last year on Memorial Day. She was fatally injured in a multi-vehicle crash caused by a drunk driver near the Pala Casino in San Diego.

AAA predicts roughly 43.8 million people will travel at least 50 miles or more away from home over the holiday weekend, the Auto Club said. That means more traffic, more distracted and drunk drivers and more collisions.

Indeed, experts are predicting there will be an estimated 416 deaths nationwide from collisions over the holiday weekend, according to estimates by the National Safety Council.

CHP Maximum Enforcement Period

Crackdown on DUI Drivers Over Memorial Day Weekend in California

Every year, the California Highway Patrol attempts to reduce the number of collisions and deaths by increasing patrols of roads and freeways statewide with the Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP).

Starting at 6:01 p.m. on Friday, May 24th and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 27th, CHP officers will be out in full force with an increased presence across highways and freeways in California.

Last year the CHP made 1,100 DUI arrests during the 78-hour maximum enforcement period and 46 people died in collisions.

“Always remember to drive sober, avoid distraction, adhere to the speed limit, and ensure adults are buckled up and children are properly secured in an appropriate car seat,” said CHP Commissioner Sean Duryee.

If you plan to drink this weekend somewhere outside of your own home, it’s advisable to find a safe way home with a sober driver, public transportation or a taxi/rideshare service this weekend.

If you were injured or have lost a loved one in a traffic accident, Johnson Attorneys Group can help. Attorney James Johnson can answer your legal questions, as well as help you determine if you have a claim against a negligent driver. If you would like an experienced personal injury attorney to fight for you, please call 1-(855) 703-4186 to request a free case review.

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