Large Number of Injuries and Fatalities for Trinity River CHP’s Area Leads to Federal Grant to Reduce Collisions
Press release from the Trinity River California Highway Patrol:
Saving lives is the core mission of the California Highway Patrol (CHP). In order to accomplish this mission, the CHP Trinity River Area office will use a federal grant to conduct a regional traffic safety campaign in Trinity County. The project started on October 1, 2018, and ends on September 30, 2019.
The Trinity River Area will deploy officers on enhanced enforcement on State Routes 299, 3, and 36; and Trinity County roadways where CHP Trinity River Area has jurisdiction, such as Trinity Dam Boulevard, Rush Creek, Lewiston, and Hyampom Roads, and Oregon Street. In addition to enhanced enforcement, this traffic safety effort will also include a community-based task force and public awareness and education to reinforce key traffic safety messages.
“At the end of the day, the Highway Patrol wants you to be home safe with your family,” said CHP Lieutenant Ryan Ham, Commander of the Trinity River Area office. “This grant will augment the services your California Highway Patrol Officers already provide. By providing more educational opportunities and enhanced proactive enforcement in our community, this will help us get the message out to the motoring public.”
According to the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, between October 1, 2015, and September 30, 2016, there were 158 people injured and killed in traffic collisions on state routes and highways patrolled by the CHP Trinity River Area office…. The top primary collision factors were improper turning, unsafe speed, impaired driving, automobile right-of-way, and wrong side of road violations.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.