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CHP scores grant for traffic enforcement

Posted: April 13, 2009 8:14 p.m.
Updated: April 13, 2009 5:41 p.m.
 
SACRAMENTO -- The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has begun its transitional, nine-month "Comprehensive Approach to Reducing Speed" (CARS) project on roadways throughout the state.

Funding for this project is provided by a $3.5 million grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

CARS focuses on reducing the number of fatal and injury collisions on both state highways and county roads, thereby reducing the number of victims killed and injured in such collisions.

CARS also focuses on reducing the number of fatal and injury motorcycle-involved collisions within CHP jurisdiction and the number of victims killed and injured in such collisions.

Using project-funded overtime, the eight CHP field divisions will deploy officers on state highways and county roads to enforce traffic violations that most commonly cause collisions.

Officers will also be watching for traffic violations that most commonly cause collisions involving motorcycles. These violations will include speeding, right of way, following too close, improper turning, and driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

The CHP urges motorists to prevent fatal and injury collisions by reducing their speed, being watchful for motorcyclists, reducing distractions and buckling their safety belts.

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