Seat Belt Safety Emphasized for Memorial Day

Many drivers will travel on California’s busy roads this upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Today, here at Slice of Appel PI, we would like to reiterate this week’s announcement from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) that this weekend will be designated as a maximum enforcement period (MEP) and CHP officers will focus on seatbelt safety. So please remember for those heading out on road, do not forget to buckle up, be sure to designate a driver and make sure to eliminate all distractions while driving.

Fatalities were down 30 percent during the 2014 Memorial Day MEP (25 people died in collisions) from the 2013 Memorial Day MEP (40 people died). The decline may not indicate a trend, however; 25 people were killed during the same period in 2012 and 24 in 2011.

Last year, there were approximately 25 people who were killed in motor vehicle collisions in California during Memorial Day weekend. This represents a 30 percent decline from the same period in 2014.  Furthermore, DUI arrests also appear to be declining. In 2014, CHP officers made 1,256 DUI arrests in California, compared to 1,266 in 2013; 1,305 in 2012; and 1,367 in 2011.

These telling statistics are worth sharing as the weekend begins this evening. Thanks for reading Slice of Appel PI and we hope you continue to read and share our blog with others. We hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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