Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Zero Tolerance For Commercial Drivers

Committed more than ever to enforcing safety laws to save lives the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is announcing a zero tolerance for commercial vehicles this holiday season. The purpose of the Zero Tolerance is to reduce the number of traffic collisions by focusing enforcement on traffic violations known as Primary Collision Factors (PCF), such as speeding, following too closely, unsafe lane changes, and DUI. CHP’s Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) will be providing increased enforcement throughout Valley Division focusing on commercial violations.

Through the 3rd quarter of 2008, there has been a 26% decrease in truck at fault collisions, however, truck at fault fatal collisions are up 25%. "In the Sacramento region alone, there have been three overturned solo truck at fault truck collisions in as many weeks which blocked local freeway transition roads for hours," said Valley Division Chief Stan Perez. "And in each incident, the primary collision factor appears to have been speed unsafe for conditions."

"Truck drivers are professions," Chief Perez added. "And like passenger car drivers with whom they share the road they should remember that during inclement weather or other prevailing conditions (e.g., heavy traffic), they need to reduce their speed below the posted limit." Use good judgement by reducing your vehicle's speed; increase following distances, and maintain a high visual horizon. These tips will assist in avoiding collisions that tie up our freeway system, and more importantly will help prevent injury and fatal collisions.

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