CHP: Local traffic fatalities jump 80 percent in one month

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Traffic in the Victor Valley has increased significantly in the past month, the Victorville CHP station reported. With the increased traffic, we have seen an 80 percent increase in fatal traffic collisions compared to 2019 at the same time.

Thirty percent of these collisions were on the freeway while 70 percent were on state route highways, or two-lane roadways, with a maximum 55 mile per hour speed limit. Nearly all these collisions were caused by excessive speed, drivers making unsafe turning movements due to inattention, and people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Speed limits are set based on traffic volume and roadway engineering. Solid double yellow lines are strategically placed on the roadway to warn drivers that passing is not safe, due to crests and dips in the roadway which reduce line of sight. Take this information to heart and remember someone is expecting you home today.

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