CHP notes decline in truck-at-fault crashes

| 8/7/2003

The California Highway Patrol says preliminary data shows truck-at-fault crashes declined 10 percent during the first 12 months of its 18-month Improved Commercial Accident Reduction Effort project.

Funds for the project amounting to $1.2 million were provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. The effort targets commercial truckdrivers who speed, drive under the influence or commit other violations.

“The CHP’s enhanced enforcement efforts, combined with the cooperation from the trucking industry, are significantly improving the safety of the motoring public,” D.O. “Spike” Helmick, CHP commissioner, said.

There were 409 fewer fatal-injury collisions in 2002 than the annual average from 1996 to 1999. Statistically, 98 percent of truck-at-fault collisions involve injuries and 2 percent involve fatalities. Therefore, during the first 12 months of this project, collision data indicates at least eight lives were saved and 401 injuries averted, the CHP said.