LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – The Clear Lake Area California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be out in force this weekend to ensure safety on the roadways of Lake County.
The CHP began its Maximum Enforcement Period on Friday at 6 p.m. and it will continue through Monday at 11:59 p.m.
The Memorial Day holiday traditionally marks the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, when many families head out to picnics, barbecues and other outdoor events.
The CHP reminds those headed out on the road to buckle up, designate a driver and eliminate distractions.
“We want everyone to enjoy the holiday,” Clear Lake Area Commander Lt. Greg Baarts said, “but we also want everyone to be safe. Make sure everyone in your car is buckled up and take your time getting to your destination. Also remember not to be distracted when you drive by using your cellular phone or other electronic device. Finally, please don’t drink and drive.”
Memorial Day weekend in 2011 saw an increase in the number of people killed in collisions.
In 2011 there were 24 deaths statewide, a 41 percent increase from the previous year. Sixty percent of those killed were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.
There also were 1,367 arrests for driving under the influence statewide in 2011.