Coronavirus: Crashes on California highways down 75% during shelter in place

California’s shelter-in-place order has resulted in some
residual benefits. There is less traffic on the roads, which has
led to improved air quality, for one, but also drastically fewer
collisions.

According to California Highway Patrol, there have been 75%
fewer crashes on state highways from March 19 to April 30 than
during the same period during 2019. That, in turn, has led to an
88% reduction in deaths and 62% fewer injuries related to vehicle
collisions.

The upcoming Memorial Day Weekend has historically been prime
time for speeding, driving under the influence and, thus, crashes.
CHP said, despite COVID-19 and the reduction in cars that has come
with it, it will continue to conduct its “Maximum Enforcement
Period” over the holiday weekend.

In 2019, before a global pandemic, the auto association AAA
estimated 5.4 million Californians traveled somewhere for the long
weekend. There were
at least nine crashes
in the Bay Area last Memorial Day
Weekend, including five that were fatal.

CHP said 34 people across the state died from vehicle collisions
during last year’s Maximum Enforcement Period, which runs from 6
p.m. Friday to the end of Monday night. During that same time
period, officers made 1,099 arrests for driving under the influence
of drugs or alcohol.

Since the state’s shelter-in-place order went into effect, DUI
arrests have decreased by nearly 42%, according to CHP.

But coronavirus fears had largely driven commuters off
California’s roads even before local stay-at-home orders.
Rush-hour traffic disappeared by March 10,
one side-by-side map illustrates
. Traffic in the Bay Area has
been reduced more dramatically than any other region in the nation,

according to another study
.

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