Local Traffic & the Virus

Quite a change, as reported by Sacramento News & Review.

An excerpt.

“Because no one crashed or died, the California Highway Patrol was able to throw some shade on social media at the motorcyclist who didn’t care about other people.

“On May 13, a CHP officer assigned to South Sacramento watched the rider of a gray Harley Davidson dart between two cars at an insanely high speed and then gun it to 105 mph. After he was stopped on the side of Highway 99, the rider reportedly told the ticket-writing CHP officer he was was late for a haircut in Rocklin.

“Not sure how he got that appointment and who is cutting his hair during shelter in place, but that is one expensive haircut,” the South Sac CHP unit snarked on Facebook.

“Inconsiderate coronavirus skeptics notwithstanding, the rest of you are saving a lot more lives than you think by staying home during the pandemic. According to the CHP, the numbers of vehicle crashes and fatalities have plummeted since we all went into socially responsible isolation.

“The preliminary figures come from the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, which compared accident data between March 19 and April 30 to the same period a year ago. And the benefits of fewer drivers on the state’s highways and local roads are indisputable.

“Let’s start with the number of traffic deaths, which dropped an incredible 88% compared to a year ago. A total of 43 people have lost their lives in vehicle accidents this year, most of those in highway crashes. And while each of those deaths represents its own ripple-out tragedy, the total figure represents a sharp drop from the 369 lives lost 12 months earlier.

“In short, that’s more than 300 people who wouldn’t otherwise get to experience this surreal holiday weekend, which is also the subject of a maximum enforcement effort that ends at midnight Monday.

“Similarly, the six-week period that the CHP examined saw a 79% dive in injury accidents, a 71% drop in accidents resulting in property damage and a 75% decrease in all vehicle accidents, which numbered 13,554 in the quarantine period ending April 30, compared to more than 53,000 last year.”

Retrieved May 25, 2020 from https://sacramento.newsreview.com/2020/05/25/stat-of-the-week-memorial-day-edition/?utm_

Be well everyone.

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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