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Pandemic Impacts State Roadways

Pandemic Impacts State Roadways 

While Californians observe the Stay-At-Home order during the coronavirus pandemic, the state’s roadways and those who use them are seeing the impact. With traffic volume down, the number of incidents on California’s Roadways, including collisions and arrests for driving under the influence (DUI), continue to decline. According to preliminary data from the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there was a 75% decrease in the number of crashes in California this year from March 19th to April 30th, as compared to the same period in 2019. Additionally, the same data indicated an 88% reduction in the number of people killed and a 62% decrease in the number of people injured in crashes. California’s crash reduction rate is not the only positive to come from the quieter roadways. The number of DUI arrests made by CHP officers has decreased during March and April, from 7,224 in 2019 to 4,223 in 2020; nearly 42%. The CHP urges, as communities in California move into the next phases of reopening, continue to slow down, pay attention to the road, drive sober, and keep yourself and those around you from becoming a grim statistic. 

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