California Highway Patrol officers made fewer traffic stops in Plumas County last year — almost 20 percent fewer than its three-year average.
According to 2011 statistics provided by the Quincy Area CHP, the number of accidents also fell by 8.5 percent compared to 2010.
“It is the CHP’s mission to ensure safety and service to all California motorists,” CHP spokeswoman Lacey Heitman said. “Our goal is to reduce tragic injuries and deaths which result from traffic collisions each year.”
And according to the report released Monday, April 9, the CHP is succeeding.
Part of the success could be attributed to CHP officers having more of a visible presence, according to Heitman’s report.
During 2011, Quincy Area CHP officers patrolled the roadways for 19,171 hours, a 6.6 percent increase from 2010.
Heitman said the increase of “in-view patrol” resulted in fewer accidents. The total of 247 accidents was “7.5 percent lower than the previous three-year average,” she said. “With the extremely long and treacherous winter we saw in 2011, these statistics are outstanding.”
Although driving under the influence (DUI) arrests were up almost 3 percent in 2011, the number was 11 percent below the three-year average.
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