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Bipartisan Legislation Introduced

Bipartisan legislation was introduced in March to require auto manufacturers to install technologies aimed at preventing drunk driving as standard equipment in all new vehicles. The HALT Act was introduced by U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan), Kathleen Rice (D-New York), and David McKinley (R-West Virginia). If the bill passes, the U.S. Department of Transportation will issue a requirement that drunk driving prevention technology must be installed in all new passenger vehicles.

Accident Along Highway 160 Ends in Driver’s Fatality

A fatal accident was found by a bicyclist on a rural Delta road on May 1 near Clarksburg. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that the bicycle rider contacted the police through 911 at about 9:20 in the morning because they had discovered an SUV overturned off Highway 160 (River Road) on the levee. Officers, upon arriving at the accident scene, discovered the single occupant in the vehicle had died. She was identified as a resident of Rancho Cordova, age 24.  

Motorcyclist and Driver Both Succumb to Accident Injuries

A motorcyclist fatality occurred on April 24 in Sacramento following a freak accident involving multiple vehicles. The collision occurred along Highway 99 southbound near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard shortly after noon, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) incident report. The accident occurred after the motorcyclist, a man from Modesto, who was riding a Harley Davidson, lost his saddlebag.

Rear-End Accident Involving Box Truck Causes Multiple Fatalities

Multiple fatalities occurred along a Sacramento highway on April 28 following two accidents along Highway 99. Officials with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that a Butte Valley woman, age 62, was driving a Mercury Mountaineer along Highway 99 northbound in the number two lane near Elverta at about 2:30 in the afternoon. At this point, she rear-ended a Toyota Corolla in front of her. Following the first collision, the vehicle was rear-ended by a large Penske box truck that was 30-feet-long. 

The Problem of Speeding in California

To travel the Sacramento highways at any time of the day or night is to become aware that speeding is a problem in our area. The issue of excessive speed is not limited to our local area. Across the United States, there was an increase in traffic fatalities in 2020. More than 42,000 people lost their lives due to car accidents last year, and that was during a pandemic, with greatly reduced traffic volumes. One potential solution to this problem is automated speed enforcement. 

Driver Loses Control of Vehicle on Interstate 5

A single-vehicle crash in Elk Grove resulted in a fatality after the driver lost control on April 24. The accident occurred around 7:38 in the evening, when a caller to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported a reckless driver along southbound I-5 near Laguna Boulevard who was driving a white SUV. The accident involving the same vehicle was reported to police a little while later near Hood-Franklin Road. 

Accident on Dudley Boulevard Between Bicycle Rider and Motor Vehicle

A bicyclist fatality was reported in the Sacramento metropolitan area on April 22, south of the airport, following a collision with a motor vehicle. The accident happened around 1:42 in the afternoon along Dudley Boulevard in front of the Caltrans Maintenance Training Academy at McClellan Park. An individual who reported the accident said he saw the collision when it happened and made himself available to speak to officers with the California Highway Patrol (CHP)

Driver Dies After Crashing on State Route 50

A solo-vehicle accident on April 21 ended in a fatality on a Sacramento highway. The crash happened shortly after 5:30 in the morning along eastbound State Route 50 just east of the 16th Street on-ramp when the vehicle crashed into the center divider. The vehicle, identified as a black Audi, ended up in the number one lane. The driver’s identity has not been released by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office pending notification of the family.

Double Accident Near Folsom Boulevard Injures Two People and Claims One Life

The traffic fatality of a Good Samaritan occurred in Sacramento County on April 16 when they were attempting to assist a pedestrian who had been involved in a separate accident. The accident occurred around 8:15 p.m. near Folsom Boulevard and Bradshaw Road, as reported in the incident report by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The pedestrian involved in the initial accident suffered moderate injuries, and other vehicles stopped to offer aid around 10 minutes later. 

An End to Traffic Fatalities?

The National Safety Council (NSC) is managing a project that involves several safety organizations coming together with the goal of ending U.S. roadway deaths by the year 2050. It’s called The Road to Zero Coalition, and the group released a report that lays out its strategies to work toward that ambitious goal. This is the first collaborative effort with so many organizations coming together to combat deadly motor vehicle accidents. The joining of forces is welcome given the sobering number of annual traffic fatalities.

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