The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release about a grant that’s going to help them address speeding, aggressive driving and street racing across the state. The $1.5 million grant is for the Regulate Aggressive Driving and Reduce Speed (RADARS) IV program. According to the CHP, this federal funding will allow CHP officers to embark on this lifesaving endeavor aimed at reducing injury crashes and fatal crashes caused by speeding and aggressive driving.
Speeding by The Numbers
- In 2016, speed was a factor in approximately 45 percent of all fatal and injury collisions in the State of California.
- During that year, 36,297 speed-related crashes resulted in the death of more than 370 people and injury to nearly 53,000 others.
- In 2017, there were 37,133 traffic fatalities in the U.S.
- Among them, 9,717 (26 percent) were in crashes where at least one driver was speeding.
- The number of speeding-related fatalities in 2017 decreased by 6 percent from 2016.
Increasing Enforcement and Public Awareness
The RADARS IV program has a two-pronged approach to reducing speeding and aggressive driving. The first component of the program will include an enhanced enforcement effort. This funding will get more troopers on the road cracking down on speeding, street racing and other types of aggressive driving. The second component is a statewide public awareness campaign focused on speed-related causes of collisions. There will also be a special focus on street racing and sideshow activities.
Car Accidents Caused by Speeding in San Diego
Crashes caused by speeding and aggressive driving are 100-percent preventable. While it may be tempting to speed if you’re running late, it’s never worth endangering your own life or the lives of others. Remember that speed limits are posted for a reason. Exceeding the speed limit is never a good idea, and if the weather is bad or visibility is poor, it’s important to reduce your speed to the conditions of the roadway.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by somebody speeding or driving aggressively in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.