5 killed; 126 injured in 1 year on roads in Quincy CHP area; regional safety campaign to begin

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) Quincy Area office will use grant funding to implement a regional traffic safety campaign in Plumas, Sierra, and Lassen counties to encourage safe driving behaviors and help to deter dangerous driving habits.  This one-year project ends on Sept. 30, 2023.

The Quincy Area will deploy officers to conduct enforcement on US Highway 395; State Routes 49, 70, 89 and 284; and on unincorporated roadways where the CHP Quincy Area has jurisdiction.  The safety campaign will also include a community-based task force to raise awareness about the dangers of speeding, impairment, unsafe turns, and other risky driving behaviors.

“We are taking a proactive approach to keep our roadways safe throughout Plumas, Sierra, and Lassen Counties,” said CHP Lieutenant Commander Chris Parent of the Quincy Area office.  “This grant will build on the momentum achieved from past education and enforcement efforts in the CHP Quincy Area.”

According to the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, five people were killed and 126 people were injured in crashes on state highways and unincorporated roadways patrolled by the CHP Quincy Area between Oct. 1, 2019, and Sept. 30, 2020.  The leading primary crash factors were improper turning, speeding, impaired driving, automobile right-of-way, and wrong side of road violations.  Officers will also focus their efforts enforcement efforts on distracted driving and seat belt violations.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.