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New Safety and Enforcement Campaign on Highway 12

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November 15, 2017
Edward Smith


New Safety and Enforcement Campaign on Highway 12

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento car accident lawyer. Officers from three cities in Northern California are joining together to help keep motorists safe on the roads. Under a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), they are partnering in Drive to Stay Alive II.

Drive to Stay Alive II

This enforcement program is funded by the OTS and involves the deployment of additional California Highway Patrol (CHP) agents to Highway 12 to make sure driver safety is maintained. According to a representative of the task force, it is intended to decrease accidents on the roadway due to negligent driving practices. It is hoped this will encourage motorists to drive safely.

Drive to Stay Alive II Task Force

The Drive to Stay Alive II team is composed of officers from the CHP Solano, South Sacramento and Stockton areas. Together, the jurisdictions will share the grant, which lasts until September 30, 2018, from its start on October 1 of this year. The grant covers the counties of San Joaquin, Sacramento and Solano.


Efforts will be used to promote public education and awareness in key traffic safety areas. It will help keep previous campaign results targeting safety moving forward. According to a traffic record system that integrates data statewide, 81 individuals were injured or killed in the area during the period of October, 2014, to the end of September, 2015. Causative factors on secondary roads and highways were:

  • Turning improperly
  • Driving while impaired
  • Speeding
  • Ignoring signals or stop signs
  • Not yielding to other drivers

Speeding as an Accident Factor

The National Transportation Safety Board reports speeding as a common cause of accidents. In a nine-year study conducted by the NTSB during which time 112,580 motor vehicle accident deaths occurred, speeding was determined to be a factor in 31 percent. The study concluded that speeding not only made it more likely that a motorist would be involved in an accident but that injuries suffered in those accidents would be more severe.

Ignoring Traffic Laws

A study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that an average of 31 percent of traffic deaths happened at intersections with traffic signals, 38 percent with stop signs and 27 percent with no devices installed to control the traffic. Twenty-nine percent of the accidents were caused by a failure to yield to other vehicles, while 50 percent were caused by those who chose to run a red light.

Impaired Driving

Twenty-eight people die daily in crashes that involve drunk drivers. That means that someone dies every 51 minutes as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 16 percent of those deaths are children under the age of 15. California reported, in the latest year that statistics were available, that 162,199 people were arrested in the state in 2013 for drunk driving. There were over 16,000 collisions involving drunk drivers, almost 12,000 resulted in injuries and 1,075 involved fatalities as reported by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.


In Sacramento County, where there were 9,747 individuals injured or killed in traffic accidents in 2014, 1,123 involved the use of alcoholic beverages and 2,276 involved speeding. Sacramento had a total of 3,670 injured or killed with 410 of these involving the use of alcoholic beverages with a total of 914 due to speeding.

Sacramento Car Accident Attorney

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