Both the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the California Highway Patrol will be out in force this holiday weekend. The CHP will be out in full force this weekend in an effort to reduce roadway deaths and prevent injuries.
The Memorial Day Maximum Enforcement Period begins tonight at 6 p.m. and continues through Monday night. All available officers throughout the state will be deployed during the MEP to focus enforcement on occupant restraints, speed violations and DUI drivers.
During the 2012 Memorial Day weekend, 25 people were killed in collisions throughout California. In 2012, five people were killed in four separate crashes on Arizona state highways during Memorial Day weekend. Three of the four fatal crashes involved alcohol.
DPS encourages drivers to remain sober during their travels so that everyone can enjoy this holiday weekend. A total of 212 crashes occurred during the 2012 Memorial Day weekend with 85 people being injured by the driver.
The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office will also be conducting DUI enforcement detail. Funding for the Yuma County operation is through grants from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, which help to put more deputies on the road during holiday weekends.