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CHP ramps up efforts to reduce roadway deaths this Thanksgiving weekend

45 deaths occurred over same weekend in 2014

The California Highway Patrol has been cracking down on impaired and unrestrained drivers this Thanksgiving weekend by increasing its patrols.

CHP officials said officers throughout California entered into a maximum enforcement period beginning last Wednesday at 6 p.m., which will be continued until midnight tonight.

This is aimed to help reduce the amount of people killed in collisions on the road this holiday from last year's statewide total of 45 deaths, according to the CHP.

Four of those individuals were Bay Area residents, according to the CHP.

CHP officials are asking motorists to designate a sober driver, avoid distractions and wear a seatbelt. Just under half of last year's deaths involved a person not wearing a seatbelt, according to the CHP.

"A Thanksgiving weekend free of fatal collisions is something we can all be thankful for," CHP Golden Gate Division Chief Paul Fontana said.

Brett Johnson, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service

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