New CHP grant to target speeding, aggressive driving

CHP grantIn an effort to curb motor vehicle deaths and injuries, the California Highway Patrol on Tuesday launched an enforcement and public education campaign targeting speeding and aggressive driving.

According to the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), approximately one third of all fatal and injury collisions in California are a direct result of unsafe speed.

With the support of a federal traffic safety grant, “Reduce Aggressive Driving Incidents and Tactically Enforce Speed (RADIATES) II,” the CHP is determined to educate motorists about the dangers of aggressive driving and take appropriate enforcement action.

“Through this grant-funded education and enforcement campaign, the CHP will target motorists who speed and display aggressive behavior behind the wheel to help prevent dangerous driving and deadly collisions,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.

Preliminary SWITRS data for 2011 shows more than 48,600 total collisions attributed to unsafe speed. Improper turning led to more than 22,100 collisions, while driving on the wrong side of the road resulted in more than 5,700 crashes. These aggressive driving behaviors contributed to the more than 1,100 people killed and an additional 106,494 others injured.

The primary goal of this grant is to reduce by 5 percent the number of fatal and injury traffic collisions where speed, improper turning, and driving on the wrong side of the road are primary collision factors. To achieve this goal the CHP will combine an active public awareness campaign with enhanced enforcement.

“We are dedicated to saving lives throughout the state,” added Commissioner Farrow. “This grant will help reinforce our traffic safety efforts through additional education and enforcement statewide.”

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security to the people of California.

(Information via press release from the California Highway Patrol.)

  6 comments for “New CHP grant to target speeding, aggressive driving

  1. True Britt
    November 20, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    It’s the driving test that needs changing I could have passed my test blindfolded I’ve taken a driving test in 4 different countries and by far the easiest test was in the U.S the hardest was in the United Kingdom. The written test in the U.S is rubbish absolute rubbish there’s no real education within it and your only asking for someone to be killed by letting a person who’s passed their driving test in a automatic car by letting them behind the wheel of a stick shift. Where’s the common sense in that. Doh

  2. sickofit
    November 6, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Seriously? Is it any wonder why people drive like out of control jerks? Watch just about any new car commercial and that is the message conveyed. So why isn’t someone complaining about that and getting a handle on the stupid commercials?

  3. Glad to see it
    November 6, 2013 at 10:32 am

    As a daily commuter between Littlerock and Lancaster I am glad to hear this.
    Littlerock is a 45 MPH zone, I am not aware of anywhere inside city limits where it is posted faster than 45 MPH, yet I often see people going well above this, even on side streets.

    The drive on AVE N between 90th East and 50th East is often dangerous from people illegally passing in the double yellow zone, and I am doing the limit or right above which is 60 MPH.

    Ave M is a raceway, it is not unusual to see drivers exceeding 70 MPH between 50th East and Sierra Hwy.

    All of this while dodging people on cell phones that slow down, speed up, cross their lane lines then over correct, and just flat out do not know what various road signs mean.

    Then yesterday I watch a person on Ave L and 30th West make a U Turn while their light is red and we had right of way.

    My dash cam gives me a fair amount of footage for my blog. I need to get one for the rear view as I often see things happen behind me as well.

  4. The Anti-REX
    November 6, 2013 at 5:56 am

    Fat wallets full of overtime pay what a happy holiday its going to be for a select few.

  5. Michael
    November 5, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Translation, No education just revenue for the state.

  6. jeff
    November 5, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Start on Avenue O btwn 90th east and 150th east. This is the new Hwy.138. “55 saves lives!”

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