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CHP Targeting Unsafe Drivers Today on 395 as Part of Enhanced Safety Campaign

Wednesday, November 17th, 2021

The California Highway Patrol will be targeting unsafe drivers on Highway 395 today, November 17th, as part of a campaign to educate and enforce traffic laws along the 395 corridor.

The day of increased enforcement is being called a “Major Corridor Enhanced Primary Collision Factor Enforcement Campaign” by the CHP and will focus on 395 in Lassen and Modoc counties, educating drivers and, if necessary, taking appropriate enforcement action on drivers who violate traffic laws along the route.

“This effort aims to reduce the number of injury and fatal traffic crashes on US-395,” explains CHP Public Information Officer Bruce Thuelchassaigne. “In 2018 and 2019, a total 255 crashes occurred on US-395, in Modoc, Lassen, and Plumas counties, causing 143 injuries and killing a total of eight people.”

According to Thuelchassaigne the primary causes for most of the injury and fatal crashes were determined to be speeding, reckless driving, unsafe lane change, unsafe turning movement, following too close, distracted driving, and driving under the influence, with increased injuries and deaths from occupant restraint violations.

“The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of safety, service, and security. This includes the prevention of loss of life, injuries, and property damage resulting from traffic crashes through enforcement, education, engineering, and partnerships.”

“The US-395 corridor within Northern Division is primarily an undivided, two-laned highway which has seen numerous collisions in the last few years due to unsafe speeds,” said Northern Division Chief Greg Baarts. “Increased visibility, aggressive enforcement, and public education within the Areas along this corridor will contribute to increased safety for motorists traveling on US-395.”

The CHP reminds motorists to follow these basic traffic safety rules: always wear a seat belt, drive at a speed safe for conditions, eliminate distractions while driving, and always designate a sober driver.

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