Traffic Deaths Dramatically Down Statewide


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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, March 13, 2007


C-H-P Officer Steve Day gets called to the very worst accidents.  He’s part of a special team that investigates how crashes happen….and says he hopes the nine percent drop in traffic deaths last year is part of a new trend:


 “I would love to be out of a job tomorrow, personally.”

CHP Commissioner Mike Brown says this is the first time in several years there’s been a decrease at all.  He attributes it to more public education and enforcement efforts in three main areas:

“That’s principally, folks, what kills people in this state:  Speed, not wearing a seatbelt, or driving under the influence.”

Brown says they’ll continue their efforts and hope to bring the numbers down even more.  He adds the number of people buckling up has increased – it’s up to 93.4 percent overall….and for the first time is over 90 percent in teens.