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Thursday, November 7, 2013

CHP rolls out crackdown on aggressive drivers


By Ken Pritchett, November 5, 2013

CHP patrols

 CHP patrols

BERKELEY, Calif. —
The California Highway Patrol has begun a yearlong crackdown on aggressive driving; something officials say is to blame for most of the state’s traffic accidents.

“We’re not just looking for people who are a few miles over the speed limit”, said CHP officer Mike Ferguson.  “What we’re looking for are people who are zipping in and out of traffic, cutting people off, and specifically those who contribute most to traffic collisions.”

A $4 million grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will fund the increased enforcement.

“This program allows us to bring additional officers onto the road and actually focus more on these specific violations,” Ferguson tells KTVU.

The CHP says 2011 data shows excessive speed led to more than 4,800 traffic collisions. In that same year, aggressive driving was linked to more than 1,100 traffic fatalities and another 106,494 accidents resulting in injuries.

The goal of the crackdown is to reduce fatalities and injuries due to aggressive driving by five percent.