There has been noticeably less traffic out on our San Diego roads and freeways because of the shelter-in-place orders for nonessential businesses due to COVID-19. This is true for the rest of the State of California as well. Along with the emptier roads has been a rise in speeding tickets due to individuals taking advantage of the open road.
Last week, California Highway Patrol sent out a press release advising that less highway congestion during Stay-At-Home order is not a license to speed. They reported that CHP citations have jumped by 87% for violators speeding more than 100 mph. From March 19 to April 19, the CHP issued 2,493 citations statewide, as compared to 1,335 citations during the same period last year. The increase in citations occurred as Caltrans has measured an average decline in traffic volume on state roads of about 35% compared to this time last year.
“It is alarming to see the number of citations officers are writing for excessive speeds on California roadways,” said CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley. “Higher speeds can lead to much more serious injuries and significantly increase the chance of death should a crash occur. Keep yourself and those on the road around you safe. Slow down and drive at a safe, legal speed.”
For now, over 700 of California’s electronic highway signs will display safety-related messages urging travelers to avoid speeding and help keep essential workers safe by being Work Zone Alert. CHP officers are also on high alert of speeders and reckless drivers who are disobeying traffic laws on our California freeways.
As we continue our social distancing and working from home to help flatten the curve and keep those we love safe and healthy, we must remember that other hazards still apply. Speed racing, reckless driving, speeding, and distracted driving are also things to avoid in order to keep your family safe, as well as other innocent drivers you share the road with.
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If you or a loved one was recently injured in a high-speed crash before or during the COVOID-19 pandemic, reach out to Rawlins Law of San Diego. Ashley Rawlins is an experienced personal injury attorney with the knowledge, network, and resources needed to help you during this unprecedented time. She provides honest, ethical, and compassionate representation, and she will give you clear information on where your claim stands. Our team is currently working remotely and is available 24/7 to assist you.
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