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.
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.
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,
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.