CHP to deploy maximum enforcement during Thanksgiving weekend

File photo: Drivers headed northbound on Interstate 5 at Balboa Boulevard were caught in Thanksgiving holiday traffic starting Wednesday afternoon, and through the evening. Katharine Lotze/Signal
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In anticipation of Thanksgiving, California Highway Patrol is amping up enforcement to ensure safe roads during the holiday.

During their Maximum Enforcement Period, CHP will have all available officers on patrol from 6:01 p.m. on Wednesday through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

Thanksgiving weekend is often one of the deadliest on the roads, CHP said in a statement, and following laws like wearing a seat belt is a way to minimize fatalities.

“Whether you are driving across the street or across the country for your Thanksgiving gathering, it is imperative to wear your seat belt,” CHP Acting Commissioner Warren Stanley said in a statement. “Wearing a seat belt is essential every day of the year, but we do not want to have festivities ruined as a result of people not buckling up for their trip.”

Last Thanksgiving weekend, 14 of the 27 people who were killed in car accidents were not wearing a seat belt.

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