The final three-day weekend of the summer travel season is a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
In anticipation of the holiday, the CHP is preparing for its annual Labor Day Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP), which begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 29, and continues through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 2. The Labor Day
MEP also coincides with the ongoing national drunk driving enforcement crackdown, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” If your Labor Day celebration involves alcohol, ensure those plans also include a designated driver.
“While many people will spend the long weekend celebrating with their friends and family, the law enforcement community will be on patrol working to keep the highways hazard free,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Our main goal through this high-visibility enforcement effort is to prevent tragedies from occurring.”
Last year during the Labor Day MEP, 49 people were killed in collisions on California roadways, which was a 40 percent increase from the same period in 2012. Tragically, more than 70 percent of those killed in collisions within CHP jurisdiction were not wearing a seat belt.
“Help us make the holiday weekend safe for yourself and everyone by thinking about safety,” added Commissioner Farrow. “Buckle up, drive at a safe and legal speed, avoid distractions, and designate a driver.”
Last year, CHP officers made more than 1,200 arrests for driving under the influence. If you see a suspected drunk driver, call 9-1-1. Be prepared to assist the dispatcher by giving a description of the vehicle, the license plate number, location, and direction of travel. Before you call, be aware of your surroundings, especially streets, highways, directions, city or nearest town within which you are calling. That phone call may help save someone’s life.
The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security to the people of California.
PG&E Offers Water Safety Tips this Labor Day Weekend
With the water recreation season in full swing during the Labor Day weekend, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reminds customers to be safe around all waterways, including PG&E’s Lake Spalding and Blue Lakes.
For a safe and happy holiday, PG&E, which operates a vast network of hydropower facilities throughout the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascade mountain ranges, is asking its customers to follow these water safety tips:
Water Safety Tips
- With the drought causing lower water levels, unseen hazards will be closer to the surface. Never dive or jump into unfamiliar waters.
- Stay off of flume walkways and never get in a flume or canal. Canals and flumes have steep, slippery sides and icy cold water. Once in a canal or flume, it can be very difficult to get out. Conditions change quickly in open water and even the best swimmers can misjudge the water and their skills when boating or swimming. Wearing a life jacket can increase survival time. Know your skill and don’t swim or boat alone.
- Teach children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool. They need to be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather. Never leave children unattended.
To learn more about other electric, gas and water safety tips, visit www.pge.com/hydrosafety.