Officials with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) have recently issued a press release regarding their new initiative to combat aggressive driving across the state. The CHP is getting ready to implement a yearlong, federally funded program in efforts to reduce the number of injury-causing and fatal crashes associated with aggressive driving.
The Dangers of Aggressive Driving
The dangers of aggressive driving behaviors like speeding can’t be overstated. When drivers are rushed and engaged in aggressive driving habits, they’re not thinking of their safety or the safety of other motorists. Last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the results of a survey that found that one in five drivers admits “I try to get where I’m going as fast as I can.” They also found that nearly half of all drivers believe that speeding is a problem on U.S. roads.
Aggressive Driving Facts
• During the 2011-2012 fiscal year, speed was a factor in approximately 42 percent of all fatal and injury crashes in California.
• There were more than 26,000 speed-related crashes in California during that period.
• Of those crashes, 264 people were killed and over 38,000 people were injured.
• Each year, speed-related deaths account for nearly a third of all traffic fatalities across the country.
Reduce Aggressive Driving Incidents and Tactically Enforce Speed
The CHP’s federal traffic safety grant, “Reduce Aggressive Driving Incidents and Tactically Enforce Speed (RADIATES) III” is being used to educate motorists about the dangers of aggressive driving, while also implementing supportive enforcement action. With the help of the RADIATES grant, the CHP is hoping to reduce the number of fatal and injury-causing crashes due to aggressive driving by 5 percent. By September 30, 2015, the CHP will have combined enforcement action with an active public awareness campaign, including at least 300 traffic safety presentations throughout the State of California.
Aggressive Driving Crashes in California
Since aggressive driving crashes account for almost half of all fatal and injury-causing wrecks in the state, it’s important to speak with a lawyer if you or a loved one has been injured in a crash. Even if you don’t know if speeding or aggressive driving was involved, you need to speak with a personal injury attorney who can keep up with official investigative developments and be your advocate during a difficult time.