The California Highway Patrol is out in full force this holiday weekend to make sure Californians are safe when they hit the road to go visit friends and family on Christmas.
CHP's Maximum Enforcement Period is in effect now till Monday night.
"I think a lot of people think we're out to get people, and that's not our intention. Our intention is really to keep people safe during the holiday season,” said CHP Officer Austin Bennett.
Bennett explains that during MEP, officers are watching for signs of impaired driving, enforcing the speed limit, and responding to incidents that are causing a hazard or traffic delay as quickly as possible.
“They could be speeding, they could be making unsafe lane changes, they could be weaving on the road,” Bennett explains.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during last year's MEP, 621 people within CHP's jurisdiction were arrested for DUIs, and 23 people died in a collision.
Drivers like Jonathan Esposito, who is driving to San Jose for Christmas, tells ABC10 he appreciates CHP's efforts to keep people safe this holiday weekend.
“I'm glad they're doing that. I've been guilty of a little speeding here and there, but it's nice to know that they're out there trying to protect us, and trying to make sure that everyone makes it to their families for the holidays,” said Esposito.