Many traffic collisions in California end in death or injury as a result of individuals speeding or driving aggressively. The California Highway Patrol (CHP), Valley Division will deploy additional officers on Highway 50 from South Lake Tahoe, Placerville, East Sacramento and South Sacramento area offices, in an effort to reduce the number of fatal and injury traffic collisions attributed to aggressive driving, unsafe speed, unsafe passing, improper turning movements along with other moving violations.
The operation will begin on Friday, March 14, and will end on Sunday, March 16.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines aggressive driving as “when individuals commit a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” Aggressive drivers often commit multiple moving violations in addition to speeding, such as following too closely, passing without sufficient clearance, improper lane change, driving on the wrong side of the road, improper turning movements and driving in violation of cell phone and texting laws.
Statistical data from the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System showed that from January 2010 through May 2013 (the most recent month for which final figures are available) there were 2,008 collisions as a result of various speed violations on Highway 50 from South Lake Tahoe, west through South Sacramento. Those collisions resulted in the deaths of five people and injuries to 968 others.