The California Highway Patrol announced Monday that during their maximum enforcement period through the holiday weekend resulted in 867 DUI arrests.
They also reported that 42 people were killed in traffic collisions during the maximum enforcement period. They said 41% of the vehicle occupants killed within CHP jurisdiction were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
The maximum enforcement period began at 6:01 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27, and continued through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 1.
According to the CHP’s data, 59 people were killed in collisions in California during the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Among the 42 vehicle occupants killed in collisions within CHP jurisdiction, 43 percent of those, or 18 people, were not wearing a seat belt. Research continues to show that wearing a seat belt is one of the simplest things people can do to stay safe when traveling in a vehicle.
During last Thanksgiving’s 102-hour MEP, CHP officers made 931 arrests for driving under the influence.