CHP Prepares For Holiday Travelers

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A CHP car at the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)_ California Highway Patrol officers are getting ready for a very busy Thanksgiving Week.

Maximum enforcement by the highway patrol begins Friday night, but according to CHP spokesman Trent Cross, many people are expected to take an extra day or the entire week off.

“We’re more than capable of handling that type of situation. We know that during the holidays, there’s going to be more people on the road,” said Cross.

Staffing levels will be increased as a result of there being more motorists said Cross.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

“The most important thing is that we want people to remember the holidays are about family, being with friends and celebrating, but you have to do it responsibly,” said Cross. He also talked about the consequences of being reckless on the road. “You don’t want to have to put yourself in a situation in which you end up killing yourself or killing someone else.”

Speeding, drinking and seatbelt violations are sure to get the patrols’ attention.

Cross said people should take their time and use caution as they head out onto the road to their turkey-dinner destination.

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