Sacramento, California ___ Driving too fast for conditions or driving
aggressively can be costly and life changing. Failing to yield the right of
way, making frequent lane changes, and tailgating are signs of aggressive
driving. To help prevent these driving behaviors and save lives, the California
Highway Patrol (CHP) is implementing a year-long statewide campaign to reduce
the number of speed and aggressive driving-related collisions.
“Many safe drivers report feeling threatened by aggressive
drivers,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said. “Motorists should remain calm,
patient, and courteous. Good drivers ensure their own behavior does not
endanger, antagonize, or provoke other motorists.” Speeding, along with
aggressive driving, has increasingly become a danger to the motoring public, to
pedestrians, and to individuals using alternate forms of transportation.
Data from the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System in
2012 and 2013 indicates speed was a factor in approximately 43 percent of fatal
and injury collisions in the state. During this same period, more than 26,900
speed-related collisions led to the deaths of 252 people and the injury of
approximately 39,000 others. Although speed-related fatalities decreased, the
number of speed-related injuries increased by 4.2 percent. Increased
enforcement, along with education, will be beneficial in preventing the number
of speed-related collisions. With the support of a federal traffic safety grant
titled Reduce Aggressive Driving
Incidents and Tactically Enforce Speed IV, the CHP is determined to educate
motorists about the dangers of aggressive driving and to take appropriate
The primary goal of this grant is to reduce, by at least 5
percent, the number of fatal and injury traffic collisions where speed,
improper turning, and driving on the wrong side of the road are primary
collision factors. To achieve this goal by September 30, 2016, the CHP will
combine statewide targeted enforcement with an active public awareness
campaign, which includes at least 600 radar trailer deployments and a minimum
of 200 traffic safety presentations throughout the state.
for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic
Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.