Beginning Jan. 1, California Highway
Patrol (CHP) says it will launch an 18-month, $1.2 million enforcement and
public awareness campaign funded by a state Office of Traffic Safety grant
targeting commercial truck drivers who speed, drive under the influence or
commit other violations.
According to the CHP, the project is
zeroing in on truck-at-fault incidents and their is a 5 percent reduction
in the number of those kind of collisions determined to be the fault of the
truck and resulting in deaths and injuries.
The grant will pay for 22,930 hours
of overtime, with the funds distributed according to the percentage of deaths
and injuries caused by trucks in the CHP's eight field divisions, said Commissioner
D. O. "Spike" Helmick.
"Truck-at-fault collisions are
the result of poor driving. We're working with the trucking industry to target
the minority of commercial drivers who violate basic traffic safety laws,"
Mechanical violations are the cause
of less than 1 percent of truck-at-fault collisions, Helmick said.
Officers will be looking for truckers
who speed, follow too close, drive under the influence, make unsafe lane changes,
and fail to stop for signals and stop signs, among other violations.
Another portion of the grant funds
will be used to provide refresher training for officers in commercial enforcement.