Keeping the Highways Safe this Labor Day Weekend – CHP Gears Up for Maximum Enforcement Period

Nikki Garrett Metzger

(Victor Valley) – The final holiday weekend of summer is
here. As High Desert residents prepare for road trips to visit family and friends, or just to get out of the summer heat, the California Highway Patrol
is gearing up for its Labor Day Maximum Enforcement Period.

The Victorville CHP will be out in force this weekend from Friday at 6pm all the way to Monday at 11:59pm. Officer Joaquin Zubieta with the Victorville CHP said, “We’ll be concentrating on all of the vehicle code violations, but specifically driving under the influence (DUI). We’ll also be looking for seat belt violations and distracted driving.”

Zubieta explained that distracted driving is texting while driving, talking on your cell phone, checking your messages on your cell phone, or inputting information into your GPS system while you’re driving.

Last year over Labor Day weekend, 21 people were killed in collisions on California roadways.  In addition, more than half of all vehicle occupants killed in CHP jurisdiction were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Officer Zubieta said, “We recommend that you not drink and drive. If you are going to drink, make sure you designate a driver, or even better stay home.”

If you are driving and see someone that you suspect may be driving while intoxicated, Office Zubieta said, “Call 911 as soon as possible and give us the following information: the location of the vehicle, direction it is traveling, license plate number, type of car, along with the color. We’ll get a CHP unit out there to look for that individual so we can take care of them.”

You should always check that your vehicle is prepared for travel before you leave on your weekend trip. This includes properly inflated tires, all lights working properly, and windshield wipers working correctly. Be sure to carry a map, and know the route you are going to be taking to your destination. Make sure you have a fully charged cell phone, so you can call for help.

“Remember that the 15 is the major thoroughfare from LA to Vegas and that  people that are excited to get up there tend to speed and tailgate. So if you find yourself in these people’s way let them pass. Do not get involved in any road rage incidents,” said Zubieta. “If a road rage incident does happen please call 911 as soon as possible.”

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