agencies voted to approve $50,000 each in annual funding for a three-year
extension of the "Safe on 17" traffic enforcement project,
the Metropolitan Transportation Commission announced Dec. 17.
pays for 2,000 hours of additional California Highway Patrol enforcement
each year along state Highway 17. The Santa Cruz County Regional
Transportation Commission and the San Francisco Bay Area's Metropolitan
Transportation Commission are paying for the effort.
of Highway 17 involved runs from the south part of the San Francisco
Bay area, near San Jose, south to the Pacific Coast near the city
of Santa Cruz. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission said in
a statement that the program had brought about a dramatic reduction
in collisions during the past three years.
From 1999 to
2001, total collisions on the road decreased 59 percent and injury
collisions decreased 67 percent.
A task force
that included the two transit panels, CHP, Caltrans, local law enforcement
and fire departments, legislators' offices and the media launched
a campaign to educate the public, distributing brochures and bumper
stickers, issuing press releases and using highway signs to urge
motorists to slow down and drive safely. In addition, Caltrans repaved
the highway and made other safety improvements.
three-year project was funded by the state Office of Traffic Safety.