The California Highway Patrol reported Monday that during their 2021 maximum enforcement period over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, 57 people were killed while they made 1,019 DUI arrests.
The 57 killed represents a 14% increase over last year. Meanwhile, the 1,019 arrests for impaired driving represents a 17% increase over last year.
- 2018 – 59 killed and 931 DUI Arrests
- 2019 – 42 killed and 867 DUI Arrests
- 2020 – 33 killed and 868 DUI Arrests
- 2021 – 57 killed and 1,019 DUI Arrests
The CHP Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) began at 6:01 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24, and continued through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 28. During the MEP, all available CHP officers were on patrol, looking for unsafe driving practices, including seat belt violations, speeding, distracted driving, and signs of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
“Wherever you choose to celebrate this Thanksgiving, drive safely,” CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray said. “When getting behind the wheel, make certain you and all your passengers buckle up before heading out, and remember to always avoid distractions.”
Proper seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives in the event of a crash. Everyone in the vehicle should be safely secured before even starting the car, including children being in the correct child safety seats.