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Fran CladerDirector of Communications(916) 843-3310
Calif. – While Californians observe the stay-at-home order during the
Coronavirus pandemic, the state’s roadways and those who use them are seeing
the impact. With traffic volume down, the
number of incidents on California’s roadways, including collisions and arrests
for driving under the influence (DUI), continue to decline.
are adhering to the order, eliminating non-essential travel, and as a result, there
has been a significant reduction in the number of commuters on the highways,”
said California Highway Patrol (CHP) Commissioner Warren Stanley.
to preliminary data from the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System
(SWITRS), there was a 75 percent decrease in the number of crashes in
California this year from March 19 to April 30, as compared to the same period
in 2019. Additionally, the same SWITRS
data indicated an 88 percent reduction in the number of people killed and a 62
percent decrease in the number of people injured in crashes. The total number of truck-involved collisions
also saw a 60 percent drop, with fatal truck-involved crashes down 88 percent.
crash reduction rate is not the only positive to come from the quieter roadways. The number of DUI arrests made by CHP
officers has decreased during March and April, from 7,224 in 2019 to 4,223 in
2020; nearly 42 percent.
not all of the state’s drivers have been on their best behavior during the
pandemic. The open roads have led to a
few brazen motorists testing the speed limit and eventually meeting up with a
CHP officer for a citation. Between
March 19 and April 30, CHP officers issued 4,000 citations for speeding in
excess of 100 miles per hour, which is an increase of 113 percent from last
the temptation to speed even if it seems there’s less traffic,” added
Commissioner Stanley. “Remember, taking
care of one another goes beyond wearing a face covering and physical distancing. As communities in California move into the
next phases of reopening, continue to slow down, pay attention to the road, drive
sober, and keep yourself and those around you from becoming a grim statistic.”
mission of the CHP is to provide Safety, Service, and Security.