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Last updated 11/27/2015 at 10:10am

California Highway Patrol officers will be out in full force this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, focusing on ensuring drivers buckle up and don’t drink before getting behind the wheel.

All available resources will be on the streets until Sunday 11:59 p.m, with the CHP releasing a statement this week reminding motorists that it’s a “maximum enforcement period”. 2014 Thanksgiving weekend saw 45 people dead in collisions on California roadways, a 36 percent increase from the same period in 2013, with almost 1,000 additional arrests carried out for driving under the influence.

“Having a safe Thanksgiving drive this year, and being here to enjoy next Thanksgiving, can be as simple as buckling up,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said. “Nearly half the people who died in the CHP’s jurisdiction over Thanksgiving last year were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision. During the MEP, our officers will emphasize education and enforcement throughout the state to ensure everyone can enjoy their holiday.”

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