The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported some sobering statistics Friday while warning drivers of heightened enforcement during the Labor Day weekend.
So far this year, the CHP says it has seen 120 fatal collisions within its jurisdiction, a 20-percent increase over the same period last year.
This statistic is particularly worrisome headed into long holiday weekend. During Labor Day weekend last year, 27 people were killed in traffic collisions across California, including three in the Bay Area, the CHP said. Nearly half of the victims were not wearing seatbelts.
In an effort to save lives, the CHP says it has called for a Maximum Enforcement Period lasting from 6:01 p.m. tonight to 11:59 p.m. Monday. All available CHP officers will be on duty looking for impaired drivers or to help motorists in need, the agency said.
“Even one person killed is too many,” Chief Paul Fontana of CHP Golden Gate Division said in a statement. “Help us make the Bay Area a safe place to drive by slowing down, wearing your seat belt, putting down the phone, and never driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”
Drivers are also asked to report suspected impaired driving by calling 911, but of course only if it is safe to make the call. Try to note the location, a description of the vehicle, the license plate number, and the vehicle’s direction of travel.