Tuesday, December 31, 2013
CHP REMINDS REVELERS TO SAFELY RING IN THE NEW YEAR
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is urging motorists to begin the
New Year responsibly. If the celebration plans include alcohol, designate a driver before the
festivities begin. The CHP will be ringing in the New Year on the roadway with motorists as
part of a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP), which begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday,
December 31, 2013, and continues through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, January 1, 2014.
“In an effort to promote safety on California’s roadways we will have every available officer on
patrol throughout the holiday travel period,” said Commissioner Joe Farrow. “With all the
excitement and celebration, the holidays can be a particularly deadly time due to an increased
number of impaired drivers on the roads.”
During last year’s New Year’s MEP, which was 4 ¼ days in length, 41 people were killed in
collisions statewide. Half of the vehicle occupants who died within CHP jurisdiction were not
wearing a seat belt. In addition, CHP officers made more than 1,400 arrests for driving under the
influence throughout the 102-hour traffic safety effort.
This holiday season, the CHP joins with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for
their aggressive “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign. In addition, the
public is encouraged to call 9-1-1 if they suspect another driver of being under the influence. Be
prepared to provide the dispatcher with the location, make, model, and license plate number of
the vehicle, and any other pertinent information.
“Our hope is that drivers will make responsible decisions ahead of time,” added Commissioner
Farrow. “There are plenty of transportation alternatives to getting behind the wheel. Designate a
sober driver, take a taxi, or use public transportation. We want everyone to start the New Year
off right and safely.”
The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service,
and Security to the people of California.