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CHP programs impact Valley, lower number of deaths

June 22, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

The California Highway Patrol has been conducting special enforcement programs in various parts of Imperial County in an effort to keep lowering the number of accidents resulting in deaths.

In the last three months, CHP officers have conducted 15 special enforcement details in which they issued 179 citations, gave 110 verbal warnings and six mechanical citations and impounded seven vehicles, according to a Highway Patrol press release.

CHP Public Information Officer Jason Burke said the number of accidents resulting in deaths has been decreasing in Imperial County.

"Our goal is to continue that decrease," said Burke.

Of the declining numbers of deaths, Burke said, "It's probably because of seatbelt use and education to the public. They now use safer driving techniques as well."

Causes of an accident, said Burke, are, "excessive speeds, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving inattentiveness and fatigue."

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The special efforts have generated 130 extra patrol hours, all funded through a grant issued to CHP.

"These efforts placed an additional number of patrol officers, outside of normal patrol, into the areas of concern in an effort to target observed violations of law," states the press release.

"The targeted enforcement details will continue with the goal that the roadways in the Imperial County remain safer," states the press release.

The press release states the sites where the special enforcement are chosen to be conducted consist of traffic complaints from concerned residents, traffic studies conducted by the Imperial County Department of Public Works and from past CHP accident statistics.

The press release states any roadways with no posted speed limit signs are considered to have a maximum speed limit of 55 mph. To voice concerns or opinions contact CHP at 482-2500.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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