Thanksgiving safety tips shared by the California Highway Patrol

Thanksgiving safety tips shared by the California Highway PatrolTop Safety Tip for Thanksgiving: Don’t Drink and Drive

Travelers should expect to see a larger presence of California Highway Patrol (CHP) cruisers to promote safety across state highways over the busy Thanksgiving holiday.

CHP officials anticipate increased travel and collisions and advise motorists to heed some safety tips to help them avoid collisions as they make their way to family gatherings.

The maximum enforcement period begins at 6 p.m. tonight and extends through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 28th across California highways.

CHP officers will be patrolling highways for unsafe driving practices, seat belt violations, speeding, distracted driving, and signs of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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“When getting behind the wheel, make certain you and all your passengers buckle up before heading out, and remember to always avoid distractions,” according to a CHP statement.

Drivers may not be able to avoid a collision, but proper seat belt use has been proven to save lives.

All available CHP officers will be enforcing the law and ready to provide assistance to motorists.

A reminder to those traveling this holiday, last year in 2020 there were 33 people killed over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend on roadways within CHP jurisdiction. More than one third or 14 of the deaths were to people not wearing seat belts. Additionally, the CHP made 868 arrests for DUI involving alcohol and or drugs.

​Safety tips DPS offers for the Thanksgiving holiday include:

  • Never drink and drive
  • Don’t drive while drugged — both prescription or illegal drugs
  • Move Over, Slow Down for those who stop on the side of the road with emergency lights activated
  • Wear a seat belt
  • Slow down, especially for weather and construction
  • Share the road with large trucks. Don’t cut them off or brake suddenly in front of them
  • Make sure your vehicle is safe and properly maintained
  • Only use the left lane for passing on multi-lane roads
  • Don’t drive drowsy
  • Avoid distracted driving. Put down mobile devices
  • Avoid driving amid bad weather or poor road conditions

Johnson Attorneys Group does not represent any of the parties mentioned above. Furthermore, Johnson Attorneys Group does not intend to represent any of the parties discussed. If you would like to contribute any information or have legal questions, please contact us as soon as possible. Also, our law firm is a longtime supporter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).


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