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CHP urges safety on Hwy 154 as summer travel season picks up

Posted at 3:36 PM, Jun 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-08 18:36:55-04

California Highway Patrol and government officials met in Los Olivos Friday to discuss vehicle accident prevention. 

The goal of the press conference was to remind drivers to drive safely during the upcoming summer months. 

In the past year, CHP has investigated 1,511 traffic accidents on Highway 154 and Highway 101. 

A press release from CHP Buellton said the department is working diligently with public safety advocates to keep the road safe for everyone.

"All available education and enforcement resources are being deployed to raise awareness of safe driving practices," said Buellton Area Commander Lt. Kurt Kruse. 

At the press conference, officials emphasized the importance of having a designated driver, to never drive under the influence and to avoid all distractions while driving, like cell phone use. 

While driving, CHP said to remain at least three seconds behind the car in front of you and to increase the following distance in harsh weather conditions like fog, extreme sunlight or rain. 

Officers in Santa Barbra and Buellton have gone out to the community to talk about safe driving practices and informing them on how to keep their vehicles in safe driving conditions. 

"With minimizing the incidents of aggressive drivers on the roads, lives will be saved," said Santa Barbara CHP Commander Capt. Cindy Pontes.