Monday, January 23, 2012

Traffic Deaths in California Fall Dramatically

Traffic fatalities are significantly lower in California and Caltrans' safety measures are among the major contributing factors.

In 2010, there were 2,715 fatalities, the lowest level since 1944. Over the past several years, Caltrans has averaged nearly 100 safety projects totaling nearly $190 million annually. In addition, as a lead agency in the state’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan, Caltrans has implemented a broad range of safety improvements, such as installing left-turn lanes and increasing traffic signal timing to make intersections safer for pedestrians; realigning roads with sharp curves; and installing safety guardrails to prevent out-of-control vehicles from crossing from one side of a highway to another.