California Highway Patrol Announces Enforcement Campaign on Hwy 101 Today
The California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Northern Division and Golden Gate Division, having jurisdiction over the major transportation corridor of United States 101 (US-101) throughout northern California, are partnering in a Major Corridor Enhanced Primary Collision Factor (PCF) Enforcement Campaign on Thursday, September 16, 2021.
This effort aims to reduce the number of injury and fatal traffic crashes on US-101 throughout Northern and Golden Gate Divisions. In 2019 and 2020, a total of 1688 crashes occurred on US-101 in Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties, causing 682 injuries and killing a total of 35 people. The primary causes for these crashes were determined to be speed, reckless driving, unsafe lane change, unsafe turning movement, following too close, distracted driving, and driving under the influence, with increased injuries and deaths from occupant restraint violations.
The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of safety, service, and security. This includes the prevention of loss of life, injuries, and property damage resulting from traffic crashes through enforcement, education, engineering, and partnerships.
The CHP is promoting awareness and safe driving along this major corridor route. During the enhanced enforcement campaign, the CHP Northern Division will target US-101 in Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties with increased traffic safety operations to educate and, if necessary, take appropriate enforcement action on drivers who violate traffic laws along this major corridor route.
“The US-101 corridor within Northern Division is winding and mountainous, with many areas of undivided highway, increasing the frequency of traffic crashes,” said Northern Division Chief Greg Baarts. “Increased visibility, aggressive enforcement, and public education within the Areas along this corridor will contribute to improved safety for motorists traveling on US-101.”
The CHP reminds motorists to follow these basic traffic safety rules: always wear a seat belt, drive at a speed safe for conditions, eliminate distractions while driving, and always designate a sober driver.