The CHP says it will be focused on seat belt usage, but officers will also be watching for for distracted drivers and those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
According to a CHP press release, thirty-one people died in collisions during the 2015 Memorial Day enforcement period. Two-thirds of those killed in the agency’s jurisdiction were not wearing seat belts. During that same period last year, 1,125 people were arrested for driving under the influence within CHP jurisdiction.
California will also join the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its nationwide “Click It or Ticket” campaign, from May 23 to June 5. The NHTSA reports that in 2015, almost 50 percent of occupants in fatal collisions nationwide were not wearing seat belts.
The maximum enforcement period continues through 11:59 p.m. on Monday evening.