CHP program clamps down on speeding truckers

The Associated Press
Monday January 07, 2002

SACRAMENTO – A $1.2 million state program launched this week has the California Highway Patrol working overtime to ticket speeding truckers. 

Authorities hope to reduce big-rig accidents by 5 percent. In the past 5 1/2 years, 698 people have been killed on state highways in such crashes. 

Between 1996 and June 2001, big-rigs were to blame in 98,377 accidents, according to the CHP. Those collisions resulted in injuries to 33,604 people. 

The 18-month program will target commercial truck drivers who speed, follow too closely, make unsafe lane changes or drive under the influence.