Friday, January 27, 2023

CHP Conducting Enforcement Campaign Today Throughout Mendocino and Humboldt County


The following is a press release issued by the California Highway Patrol:

[Photograph from the California Highway Patrol Facebook page]

The California Highway Patrol’: (CHP) Northern Division, having jurisdiction over the major transportation corridor of United States 101 (US-101) throughout northern California, will be executing a Major Corridor Enhanced Primary Collision Factor (PCF) Enforcement Campaign on Thursday, December 2, 2021.

This effort aims to reduce the number of injury and fatal traffic crashes on US-101 throughout Northem Division. In 2019 and 2020, a total of 1521 crashes occurred on US-101 in Mendocino and Humboldt counties, causing 535 injuries and killing a total of 32 people. The primary causes for these crashes were determined to be speed reckless driving, unsafe lane change, unsafe timing 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 CHP is promoting awareness and safe driving along this major corridor route. During the enhanced enforcement campaign, the CHP Northern Division will target US-101 in Mendocino and Humboldt counties with increased traffic safety operations to educate and, if necessary, take appropriate enforcement action on drivers who violate traffic laws along this major corridor route.

“The US-101 corridor within Northern Division is winding and mountainous, with many areas of undivided highway, increasing the frequency of traffic crashes,” said Northern Division Chief Greg Barts”Increased visibility, aggressive enforcement, and public education within the Areas along this corridor will contribute to improved safety for motorists traveling on US-101.”

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.



  1. I found that speed is typically irrelevant in my half-century of driving.
    Instead, the top three causes of collisions, IMO:
    1) Slower traffic fails to keep right. (If you’re not passing, please stay to the right!)
    2) Following too close. (Please try to maintain a 2 second gap in front of you!)
    3) Not paying attention. (Heads up!)

    I wish CHP would enforce these three, instead of badgering people about seat belts and arbitrarily enforcing speed limits.

  2. 2 seconds? Oh nooooooooo Mr. Bill, I will gladly pull over to left lane for you if you’re 2 seconds behind me at 65mph. Maybe a refresher driving course should be on your New Year resolutions list. Beep beep reeeoooowwwww 🚔

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