An increase in efforts yields positive results.
The California Highway Patrol has ended a year-long project that resulted in decreased numbers of motorist fatalities and injuries.
Saving Lives in California II is a CHP project that reduced the number of speed related collisions on state highways by incorporating a three step process.
Through the use of light detection and ranging radar, radar trailers, and an increased effort to reduce motorcycle collisions, officers were able to decrease speed-related deaths by more than 12 percent, and decrease speed-related injuries by more than 16 percent.
“The Importance of this project cannot be understated, said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Collisions resulting in injury or death, where speed was the primary factor, are preventable.”
In addition to looking for speeders, officers enforced the seat belt law for both children and adults. These seat belt tickets made up a large percentage of the 20,000 citations that were handed out during the Saving Lives In California II project.
The Saving Lives in California project is funded by a grant from the California office of Traffic Safety.