43 Dead in 2021 Labor Day Crashes; 981 DUI Arrests
Labor Day weekend is always one of the busiest holidays of the year, but sadly its impact on California roadways can be deadly.
It’s the end of the summer, students are back in school and travelers are squeezing in that final weekend road trip. Motorists typically hit the road on Friday, traffic will be heavy throughout the weekend.
Most people have an enjoyable weekend, but it doesn’t always end well for other motorists. CHP officials report that last year some 43 people died in Labor Day crashes throughout the Golden State, but many other collisions were likely avoided because police arrested 985 DUI drivers over the 3-day weekend.
Roughly the same number of people (45) died the previous year in 2020, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Also, the CHP will kick off its Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2 and it will end at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 5th.
The additional patrol officers aim to crack down on drunk and drugged drivers in an effort to keep roads safe.
Additionally, the best way to protect yourself is to wear a seatbelt and drive at a safe speed. If you plan on drinking alcohol or if you take drugs, designate a driver or use a ride-share service. Some choose to stay at a hotel nearby or overnight with a party host to avoid drinking and driving.
“Alcohol-and drug-impaired driving continues to be a leading cause of traffic fatalities and injuries in California, and the moment an impaired driver gets behind the wheel, they put themselves and every other person on the road in great danger,” said CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray in a press release.
Finally, police ask that drivers who suspect another motorist is impaired should call 9-1-1 immediately. Tell the dispatcher a description the location and direction of travel, the license plate number and vehicle description. Your actions could save save someone’s life even with just one CHP arrest of a DUI driver this Labor Day.
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