The California Highway Patrol will be increasing its enforcement of traffic laws this holiday weekend in hopes of keeping Santa Barbara county roads safe for all drivers. According to a July 2 press release from the agency, officers are urging motorists to observe speed limits, hang up all cell phones, wear safety belts, obey the rules of the road, and to designate a sober driver if they plan to celebrate Independence Day with alcohol. “We want people to think safety whenever they get behind the wheel this summer,” said Capt. Jeff Sgobba, commander of the CHP’s Santa Barbara area office, in the press release. “Common sense and courtesy will go a long way toward achieving that goal, but if a driver chooses to ignore our suggestions, we’ll be there to remind him or her,”
The “maximum enforcement period” will be in effect from 6 p.m. Thursday until midnight on Sunday.