EL CENTRO AREA, Calif. – Saving lives is the core mission of the California Highway Patrol (CHP). In order to accomplish that mission, the CHP’s El Centro Area office will use a federal grant to conduct a regional traffic safety campaign in Imperial County. The 12-month project starts October 1, 2013, and ends on September 30, 2014.
The CHP El Centro Area will deploy officers on enhanced enforcement on State Routes 7, 8, 78, 86, 98, 111, and 115; including unincorporated roadways, such as Evan Hewes Highway, and Austin, Dogwood, and Forrester Roads in Imperial County. In addition to enhanced enforcement, this traffic safety effort will also include a community-based task force and public awareness campaign by the CHP to help reinforce the traffic safety message.
“With a proactive approach for making our roadways safer, we can continue to reduce the number of collisions occurring in the El Centro region,” said CHP Capt. Kari Clark, commander of the El Centro Area. “This grant will help to keep the momentum from past education and enforcement campaigns and save lives.”
According to the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, during the course of a
12-month period (October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2011), there were 15 people killed and 510 others injured in 316 traffic collisions on state routes and highways patrolled by the CHP’s El Centro Area jurisdiction. The top primary collision factors were for improper turning, unsafe speed, and driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.