FRESNO – The majority of collisions in California that end in death or injury begin with a speeding or aggressive driver. To address this issue, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has embarked on a yearlong, lifesaving endeavor to reduce the frequency of these collisions throughout the state.To assist the CHP in this traffic safety effort, the Department has received a federally-funded grant titled, “Reduce Aggressive Driving Incidents and Tactically Enforce Speed.”
The CHP’s anti-speed campaign will continue through Sept. 30, 2013.
The CHP in Central Division will be conducting a division-wide enforcement operation on Mar. 22, from the Grapevine to Modesto, actively targeting the major travel corridors – State Route 99 and Interstate 5.
“If you are driving in an aggressive manner or speeding you will be stopped and cited,” says Central Division Chief Jim Abrames.
Chief Jim Abrames also related, “The primary goal with the RADIATES Grant is to reduce the number of fatal and injury traffic collisions within the Central Valley.”
Statistical data from the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System for 2010 (the most recent year for which final figures are available) indicates there were more than 132,000 collisions statewide where speed was the primary cause, resulting in the deaths of 435 people and injury to nearly 72,000 others.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.