California Highway Patrol Started Its Annual Thanksgiving Maximum Enforcement Period.

It’s Thanksgiving and the California Highway Patrol is reminding all travelers to drive carefully.

On Wednesday, at 6:01 p.m. the CHP’s Maximum Enforcement Period began and will be in place through 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

Just two days ago, a crash on Highway 70 took another two lives when a DUI driver failed to stop at a stop sign.

CHP wants to remind people how dangerous it is to drink and drive. Also there is a lot of collisions caused by unsafe passing, so make sure to leave enough time to get where you need to go without feeling rushed.

During this Maximum Enforcement Period, the CHP will have as many officers as possible on the roads, especially on Highway 70.

The officers will be helping people already pulled over who may need assistance, but they’ll also be looking to stop drunk drivers and speeders.

“Don’t drink and drive or take anything that could impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle,” “Wear your seatbelts, stay off the cell phones. Don’t drive while drowsy, it’s just as if you’re driving under the influence of something and just make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to get to where you’re going.”

According to their 2016 Thanksgiving Maximum Enforcement Period data, there were 27 people killed in collisions in CHP’s jurisdiction. Of those 27, 14 were not wearing a seatbelt.

The Butte County Courthouse said the lowest possible citation for someone caught speeding is $229, but if a reckless driver hits someone, it could cost a life.

Happy Thanksgiving! Be safe!

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