The following is a press release issued by the California Highway Patrol Garberville Area:
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) Garberville Area will use grant funding in an effort to reduce the number of traffic crashes that result in injury and loss of life, with aggressive enforcement of DUI, unsafe speed, improper turning, and reckless driving violations in the Round Valley region. The Garberville Round-Valley Enforcement Action Team grant is a one-year project which ends on September 30, 2024. The grant is designed to help educate and enforce traffic safety laws for drivers and provide additional enforcement on SR-162 and the Round Valley region.
The CHP Garberville Area’s crash statistics have shown an increase in the percentage of crashes that occur on SR-162 and the Round Valley region. According to the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, during the three-year period between 2019 -2021, there was a significant increase of fatal and injury traffic collisions in the Round Valley region. The leading primary crash factors were impaired driving, speeding, and improper turning. Specialized enforcement operations will be conducted during the year focusing on areas with dangerous driving behaviors and crashes in an effort to protect life. Officers will also conduct public awareness campaigns in the Round Valley community.
“We are taking a proactive approach to respond and address the needs of the Round Valley community in Mendocino County” said CHP Lieutenant Commander Tami McCanless of the Garberville Area office.
Funding for this program was provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety through a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security.