On Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol reported that 35 people were killed in California during the Memorial Day Maximum Enforcement period. They also reported a total of 979 DUI related arrest.
According to CHP, the 35 killed reflects a 13% increase in fatalities from 2020. Meanwhile, 63.6% in CHP jurisdiction were not wearing a seat belt. With 979 driving under the influence arrests, that was a 14.6% increase from 2020.
The Memorial Day MEP will was for 78-hours beginning Friday night and running through Monday May 31 which they focused on properly wearing seatbelts and enforcing traffic laws throughout the state. They also were watching for distracted driving and those who were impaired by drugs or alcohol.
According to 2019 data, 34 people died and CHP made 1,099 arrests.
The CHP also is participating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s ongoing “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which runs May 17 – June 6.