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This Independence Day holiday weekend, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be working to keep the roadways safe during its Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP).

The CHP’s MEP will begin at 6:01 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, and conclude at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 7.

Officers will be on the lookout for drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs.

“Do not lose your freedom while celebrating our country’s independence this weekend by making a bad choice. Driving impaired comes with consequences that can be deadly,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said.

Impaired driving does not just mean alcohol, he added. It is also illegal to drive while impaired by drugs, regardless if they are legal or illegal. Have a plan. If you are going to drink, designate a sober driver, use a taxi, or use a ride-share service.