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CHP: Crashes decrease while speeding tickets increase during pandemic

Posted at 3:53 PM, May 19, 2020

The California Highway Patrol says the state's roadways are seeing an impact from the coronavirus pandemic, in the form of a reduced number of collisions and DUI arrests.

"People are adhering to the order, eliminating non-essential travel, and as a result, there has been a significant reduction in the number of commuters on the highways," said CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley.

The CHP shared the following statistics for the time between March 19 and April 30 (compared to 2019):

  • 75% decrease in vehicle crashes
  • 88% decrease in the number of people killed in collisions
  • 62% decrease in injuries resulting from crashes
  • 60% decrease in truck-involved collisions
  • 88% decrease in fatal truck-involved crashes
  • 42% decrease in DUI arrests (2019 - 7,224; 2020 - 4,223)
  • 46% increase in citations for speeding in excess of 100 mph (2,738 tickets issued)