CHP: Number of crashes on rise

first_imgZizi said that there could have been a particular driver safety program that year that would explain the “incredible drop” in collisions. He added that the numbers are probably higher because the CHP’s data do not include statistics from the sheriff’s department or individual police stations. There were 42 fatalities in 2006 in the Santa Fe Springs coverage area. The department’s Baldwin Park station also showed an increase in collisions, from 5,476 in 2005 to 5,878 last year, a 2.3percent hike. Other stations showing increases in their coverage areas included Antelope Valley, East Los Angeles and South Los Angeles. These increases are reflected in the statewide collision rate where Los Angeles County had the highest total with 53,308. The lowest total in the state, 7,173, was the Northern Division, which includes Humboldt, Redding and Mount Shasta. The Border Division, which is all of Orange County and San Diego, totaled 36,978; the Golden Gate division, which includes San Francisco, San Jose and Napa, totaled 36,106; the Valley Division, which includes north and south Sacramento, Chico and Placerville, totaled 29,898; the Central Division, which includes Bakersfield, Fresno and Merced, totaled 25,428; the Coastal Division, which includes Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, totaled 15,396. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – Collisions in the coverage area for the California Highway Patrol’s Santa Fe Springs station rose 8.6percent in 2006 from the previous year, according to a new report released by the department. There were 9,637 collisions – including hit-and-run, non- injury, injury and fatalities – in 2006. The 2005 total was 8,876. The coverage area is from the Orange County line of the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway to the Pomona (60) Freeway then east to the San Bernardino County line and parts of the 91, 710 and 105 freeways and all unincorporated areas, said CHP Officer Joe Zizi. He cautioned that the numbers could be deceiving. “The number of collisions last year is comparable to the numbers in 2003 and 2004,” he said. “We are investigating why the numbers in 2005 were so much lower than the previous two years.” last_img read more