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CHP to increase enforcement for Thanksgiving

As thousands of Californians prepare to load up their vehicles and hit the highways, the California Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to drive defensively during the heavily traveled Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

During last year’s Thanksgiving driving period, 60 people were killed in California. Half of them were not wearing seat belts.

At the same time, more than 1,500 people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the CHP.

The official Thanksgiving holiday driving period begins 6 p.m. Nov. 22 and continues through Nov. 28. During this time the CHP will implement the “maximum enforcement period,” putting every available officer on the road.

“Officers will be working hard to enforce seat belt use and to remove individuals from the road who are determined to be under the influence,” Whitmore said.