In 2016, drunk drivers took the lives of 10,497 people in DUI accidents. Traffic-related fatalities attributed to alcohol-impaired accidents totaled 28 percent of all traffic fatalities that year. Approximately every 50 minutes, someone died in a DUI accident in the United States during 2016. However, alcohol is not the only caused of impaired-driving accidents. Drugged driving also injuries thousands of people each year.
Losing control of your vehicle on wet roads is a terrifying feeling. It is easy to panic when your vehicle hydroplanes on wet pavement. In some cases, there may be very little you can do to regain control of your vehicle. The thought that you are helpless can be overwhelming. Sadly, hydroplane accidents can result in tragic car accidents that cause severe injuries and death.
You may have heard about the CHP’s “Drive to Stay Alive II” program that began last year, but what you may not be aware of is that the program’s funding runs through September 30, 2018. Therefore, you can expect to see enhanced enforcement patrols along Highway 12 at least through September. Funding for the safety program came from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the NHTSA.
Drivers in California began the New Year with a few new traffic laws. Two of these traffic laws went into effect on January 1 and two more become effective on July 1. The new laws are aimed at making California roads safer for everyone who uses our roads each day.