California Highway Patrol set to receive $2 million to deal with aggressive driving

A crash involving a big rig and several other vehicles has left several lanes blocked on northbound Interstate 805, near East H Street in Chula Vista, according to the California Highway Patrol. Traffic is heavy in the area, the CHP advises. No injuries have been reported.SAN DIEGO – The California Highway Patrol is set to receive $2 million dollars to deal with a longstanding and sometimes overlooked problem impacting motorists.  Aggressive driving injures thousands of people every year.

We see it all the time – on the freeway, driving to school – even around the neighborhood. Aggressive driving is a serious problem on our roadways and the chp is looking to put a stop to it before more people get hurt.

Officers with the California Highway Patrol see aggressive driving on a daily basis, and they hand out ticket after ticket to drivers caught in the act.

“Aggressive driving takes the form of high speeds, improper turning movements, any type of reckless driving. Anything that would basically cost a collision,” said Josh Nelson, CHP, Public Information Officer.

Now, thanks to a multi-million dollar grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, the CHP is starting a yearlong campaign to stop dangerous drivers and the damage they do every day.  The money will go to both education and enforcement.

“Speed related collisions are the number one causes of collisions and so it’s important for the CHP focuses on these types of collisions and what causes these collisions,” he said.

During fiscal year 2013 to 2014, the CHP says speed was a factor in 43% of all injury collisions in the state.  Close to 30,000 crashes that killed more than 300 people and injured nearly 40,000 others.

“Aggressive driving is using your car as a weapon. Its severe, it carries a lot of consequences people can die,” said Mike Moalim, owner of MM Traffic School.

Violators face hefty fines, an increase in their insurance rates – and even jail time.  Most take traffic school to keep the ticket off your record, but instructors say it doesn’t always stick.

“People aren’t constant aggressive drivers, that is a misconception, an aggressive driver wakes up on that particular day and chooses to be an aggressive driver and these have a lot of variables, someone can be going through problems, family problems, work problems, and so for whatever reason on that day they chose to act in the manner of an aggressive driver,” he said.

CHP officers advise drivers to give ourselves an extra 10 or 15 minutes to get where we’re going.

The Foundation for Traffic Safety has an online quiz you can take to see if you’re an aggressive driver.

It tests your patience and anger level:

Have questions or a story idea for CW6’s Carlos Correa? Stay connected with him on twitter: @carloscorrea2 or on facebook: carlos correa

More from CW6