Speed and Aggressive Driving on California Roadways

A recent press release from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) outlines the importance of combating speeding and aggressive driving. Officials with the California Highway Patrol report that aggressive driving and speeding is the number one contributor to collisions on California roadways. CHP is hoping to reduce deadly and injury-causing crashes with their “help prevent unsafe driving and deadly collisions” campaign.

Why is Aggressive Driving so Dangerous?

Aggressive driving behaviors can be dangerous for a number of reasons. Safe drivers may not expect an interruption to the normal flow of traffic. Aggressive drivers might take risks that more responsible drivers don’t, like driving on the wrong side of the road. Additionally, speeding puts other drivers on the road at great risk. Speed limits are posted to keep motorists, cyclists, motorcycle riders and pedestrians safe in specific areas.

California Speeding and Aggressive Driving Facts

• Approximately one-third of all fatal and injury-causing crashes in California are a direct result of unsafe speed.
• In 2011, the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), showed that more than 48,600 crashes were attributed to unsafe speeds.
• Also in 2011, aggressive driving behaviors such as improper turning and driving on the wrong side of the road led to more than 1,100 fatalities and 106,494 injuries.

California Highway Patrol’s Objective

Through this new campaign, CHP hopes to reduce at least five percent of fatal and injury-causing traffic crashes. They are specifically targeting crashes that occur as a result of speeding, improper turning and driving on the wrong side of the road. They plan to combine a public awareness campaign with an increase in law enforcement presence.

Funding For The Program

This program is being funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety in addition to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Their federal traffic safety grant is called “Reduce Aggressive Driving Incidents and Tactically Enforce Speed (RADIATES) II.” In addition to educating citizens about the dangers of aggressive driving and speeding, they will also be enhancing their speed enforcement protocols.

Hopefully, the California Highway Patrol will be able to reduce the number of deadly and injury-causing collisions involving aggressive and speeding drivers. Keeping roadways safe is a task California motorists can support. If you’ve been injured due to an aggressive driver, contact the experienced attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1-877-231-9970.

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