Saturday, January 09, 2010

The CHP, Best Return on Safety Buck for Coto, Ladera

Posted  01-09-2010 | 

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA -  Using the California Highway Patrol (CHP) for pro-active traffic enforcement in Coto de Caza and Ladera Ranch communities continue to yield the best return for the safety dollar.  Consider that the city of Rancho Santa Margarita pays the Orange County Sheriff's Department roughly $150/per capita, the City of Laguna Woods $60 and Thousand Oaks some $20.00, while Coto de Caza pays the CHP less than $8.00.

Further, consider that  the AVOID program final 2009 Holiday results  reported that from 12:01 AM Friday, December 18, 2009 through Midnight Sunday, January 3, 2010 Deputies and Officers representing 38 county law enforcement agencies, arrested 602 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs – this means that it took three law enforcement agents to make one arrest.
The best part is that while CHP enforcement hours were cut by some 50% for the first half  of 2009, with obvious negative consequences, enforcement hours are now back to normal, and predictably, the number of traffic incidents are trending toward stability, but still too high compared to 2002 levels. Of the incidents reported for the fourth quarter, two were DUI related, there was one reported injury and four property damage.
Annualized 4Q2009 Traffic Accident Rate in Coto de Caza -  Source:  SJC CHP

On the other hand, the Ladera Ranch traffic incident trending report for the last three months of 2009 is identical to the previous six months - cannot represent more stability than that.
Annualized 4Q2009 Traffic Accident Rate in Ladera Ranch -  Source:  CHP
In this case, there were no reported DUI-related traffic accidents, three personal injury and ten property damage.

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