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(CHP urging a safe and sober Holiday Weekend)…The Highway Patrol says Californians love to celebrate the 4th of July with family, friends, food and fireworks.

They say all too often these celebrations and festivities turn tragic when someone decides to drink and drive a vehicle. The California Highway Patrol wants residents to have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day Weekend, but they also want you to make safe and smart choices before getting behind the wheel. The CHP will be out in full force during the Holiday Weekend in an effort to reduce roadway deaths and prevent injuries. The Independence Day Maximum Enforcement Period begins Friday, July 3rd, at 6:00 pm and continues through Sunday, July 5th, at 11:59 pm. All available officers throughout the state will be deployed during the MEP to focus enforcement on occupant restraints, speed violations and those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow says the Holiday is for celebration, not for tragedy.