SACRAMENTO -- The California Highway Patrol doesn't take holidays.
CHP officers will be blanketing freeways throughout the state in a period of "maximum enforcement" Wednesday evening through Sunday night, keeping tabs on drivers through one of the busiest travel periods of the year.
Of particular focus for officers on patrol will be seat belt use, according to Commissioner Joe Farrow.
"Motorists are less likely to encounter one of our officers by simply wearing their seat belt," Farrow said. "Not only does the law require everyone inside the vehicle to be properly secured, seat belts are your best line of defense in a collision."
The 2011 Thanksgiving weekend was particularly dangerous on California roads. Thirty-two people were killed in collisions, an increase of more than 50 percent over 2010.
Two-thirds of the people who died in collision in CHP jurisdiction last year were not wearing seat belts, the CHP said.
Officers will also be looking for drunk, drowsy or distracted drivers. The CHP made almost 1,500 arrests for driving under the influence over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2011.
To report an unsafe or possibly impaired driver, call 911.