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2011-10-18 11:23:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Distracted driving is a bad habit and indications across California reveal that many drivers have room to improve. One week ago today students monitoring 62 intersections near high schools across California observed more than 6,700 cases of distracted driving in merely one hour's time, an average of more than 100 instances of distracted driving. Distractions during this learning-focused Allstate Roadwatch ranged from the...

2011-07-05 18:04:00

OAKLAND, Calif., July 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bay Area's Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) fleet of roving tow trucks today expanded its territory with the addition of a new 20-mile coverage segment along Interstate 280 between State Route 92 and State Route 85 in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The addition of the new "beat," as patrol segments are known, brings the FSP network to 79 trucks on 36 beats covering 560 miles of freeways and highways around the region. The two trucks...

2011-05-26 12:11:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The nation's first and most ambitious statewide campaign against distracted driving was deemed a success at the close of the monthlong Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April. Officials of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and California Highway Patrol (CHP) praised the cooperation of hundreds of state and local agencies and the reaction of the public to the campaign, which combined the resources of 103 CHP offices throughout...

2011-05-23 10:48:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 140 local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol will begin increased enforcement of the state's occupant protection laws today as part of the statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign. Law enforcement across the state will mount extra patrols to enforce zero tolerance for those not properly buckled. Between May 23 and June 5, drivers and passengers can expect to receive tickets, not a...

2010-12-16 12:30:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- As millions of Californians are expected to hit the roads during the holiday travel season, state traffic safety officials continue to warn motorists about the very serious dangers of impaired driving. The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) today announced nearly $5 million in grant funding to 110 law enforcement agencies for DUI checkpoints. OTS is funding over 2100 sobriety checkpoints during the next year, with more than 230 to...

2010-11-12 11:55:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Californians hit an all-time high mark for buckling up their seat belts according to figures just released by the California Office of Traffic Safety. In an observational survey done during the summer, 96.2 percent of drivers and passengers were using seat belts or child safety seats. This is up from the 2009 figure of 95.3 percent and above the previous high in 2008 of 95.7 percent. The figures were released just prior to the start of...

2010-11-02 14:06:00

LONDON, Nov. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Justin Cooper, a founding director of CHP Consulting, has decided to leave the company to pursue personal interests outside the equipment finance industry including working with non-profits . Cooper has been with the company since its inception twenty years ago and will remain a stockholder in the company. Over the next twelve months Cooper will work with the CHP board to hand over his responsibilities which include CHP Consulting's North American...

2010-09-13 18:00:00

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- "CHiPs" star Larry Wilcox is scheduled to appear at the 7th Annual 10-4 Day benefit this October 4th in Hollywood. The event benefits the California Highway Patrol's 11-99 Foundation and its Broderick Crawford Benefits Program, along with the LAPD Museum and benefit fund. The 11-99 Foundation was founded in 1981 to provide benefits and support to CHP employees and their families in times of need. The day will include a ceremony at Broderick...

2010-09-09 17:41:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- For the fourth year in a row, DUI deaths dropped in 2009. At the same time, motorcycle fatalities saw their first drop since 1998, marking the end to an 11-year, 175 percent increase. DUI and motorcycle deaths were just two of the highlights of a statewide decline in total traffic fatalities of 10.3 percent. In figures released by the Federal government today, California recorded 950 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in 2009, a 7.6 percent...

2010-05-24 10:00:00

Click It or Ticket Enforcement Campaign Starts Across State SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As if saving lives weren't enough, there are even more reasons to make sure all drivers, passengers and children are buckled up every trip, day and night. First is the annual lead-into-summer Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign set to run May 24 - June 6, with law enforcement across the state offering zero tolerance from extra patrols looking for those not...