| Added On September 2, 2011
Like you, we try to stay informed of the latest news with respect to California’s roadways. Whether it is severe traffic congestion, construction-related traffic diversions or accidents and injury, you can rest assured that we will always keep you up to date on the latest goings on in the California area. The following details the latest happenings on the highways and bi-ways.
- DUI Enforcement: California Highway Patrol (CHP) is promising to be out in full force throughout the duration of the Labor Day weekend in an effort to crack down on drunk and reckless driving. Additional checkpoints will be set up in undisclosed locations throughout the state and drivers are forewarned to call a taxi service or arrange for a designated driver if planning to drink. Driving while intoxicated carries an injury, fatality and property damage risk that far outweighs any taxi fare or inconvenience to a sober friend. Last Labor Day, 21 people were killed in crashes over the Labor Day weekend and 1,521 motorists were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
- Hit-and-Run Death: Family members and the Sonoma County Alliance are offering a $12,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a driver who tragically ran down an attorney with the San Francisco Civil Service Commission. The victim was jogging along the shoulder of a road in Forrestville on August 14 when he was struck and killed by a white Ford pick-up truck. CHP believes the truck would have noticeable damage to its right side.
- Drunk Drivers Collide: CHP reports that a Thursday-afternoon fender bender involved two drunk drivers at an intersection in El Camino Del Mar. The first driver had stopped for pedestrians at a crosswalk when the second driver rear-ended him. When CHP arrived on scene, they quickly realized both drivers were intoxicated and both were arrested under a suspicion of driving under the influence.
- Fatal Accident in Sacramento: Highway 50 was the scene of a tragic and fatal accident Thursday evening in the area of Harbour Boulevard. Lanes traveling in both directions were closed for some time as CHP pieced together the evidence and facts of the incident- which involved a single-vehicle collision. The driver escaped from his overturned vehicle and attempted to run from police. In doing so, he crossed the center median and was struck by an oncoming car.
- Fresno County Accident Claims 3 Lives: Three people were killed early Friday morning in a hit-and-run incident on Belmont Avenue, west of Mendota. According to CHP, eight farmworkers were heading to work this morning when the vehicle they were traveling in was struck by a big rig. The rig was pulling out of a field and the workers’ vehicle was attempting to avoid a collision with the truck. Despite the impact, the big rig continued driving. In addition to the three fatalities, one passenger was treated for serious injuries and the other four were unharmed.