SACRAMENTO, Calif. – To decrease deaths and injuries caused by speed and aggressive
driving, two of California’s main contributors in traffic collisions, the California Highway Patrol
(CHP) has begun a year-long, grant-funded education and enforcement campaign.
The primary goal of the Regulate Aggressive Driving and Reduce Speed (RADARS) III grant is to
reduce the number of collisions where speed, improper turning, and driving on the wrong side of
the road are the primary factors leading to death or injury.
This grant will enable the CHP to provide more enforcement and education to motorists about the dangers of aggressive driving.
“Speed is the number one cause of traffic collisions in California,” CHP Commissioner Warren
Stanley said. “With this grant, the California Highway Patrol will strive to change this
dangerous behavior through increased enforcement and education.”
In Federal Fiscal Year 2015-2016, speed was a factor in approximately 45 percent of all fatal and
injury collisions in the state. That year, more than 36,000 speed-related collisions resulted in the
death of more than 370 people and the injury of nearly 53,000 people.
Street racing and sideshows, an increasing problem now spreading to major traffic arteries, are
also addressed through the RADARS III grant. An active public awareness campaign and
enhanced enforcement, which will deploy additional officers to provide more patrols to affected
areas, will focus on the expanding problem.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety
through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.