The Thanksgiving holiday and four-day weekend will bring
millions of drivers onto California roads and highways. In response the
California Highway Patrol will put every available officer on the road as well.
Between 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21, and Sunday, Nov. 25,
the CHP will take on a “maximum enforcement period” when officers will look for
speeders, drunk drivers and seatbelt violators.
Tracy area commander Lt. Mary Rennie, in a statement
released this week, said that crashes are typically the result of people
driving too fast for conditions. Problems on the long weekend include long
traffic back-ups, especially on the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
This time of year drivers also may encounter rain, fog, wind and snow.
During the four-day weekend last year the CHP reported that
42 people died in 4,768 crashes statewide. More than half of those killed were
not wearing their seatbelts. The CHP also arrested 1,670 people on suspicion of
drunken driving last year, a 10 percent increase over 2005.