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SR 67 Safety Presentation by CHP at Planning Meeting

Traffic safety is a “multi-pronged issue and, therefore, it requires a multi-pronged approach”, Lt. Tommie Cocroft of the California Highway Patrol.

Thursday night the Ramona Community Planning Group (RCPG) held their monthly meeting. The meeting’s focus was the presentation by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) on State Route 67 safety issues.  

Lt. Tommie Cocroft, of the CHP’s El Cajon office, reported to the planning group members that the most frequent causes of fatalities on SR 67 are motorcycle-involved incidents followed by alcohol-related accidents.

Educational programs focused on these two issues were expected to be implemented in the near future. Additional enforcement was also expected to begin sometime soon when funding was available.

As a solution to speeding drivers and the cost of enforcement, resident Joe Minervini suggested the placement of a “dummy” patrol car alongside the highway to deter speeding. Minervini said this would be a “cheap” idea to increase enforcement. The dummy patrol car solution was encouraged by RCPG member, Chad Anderson, as a passive enforcement solution.

Lt. Cocroft reported that the CHP is a state agency and his department is not able to acquire unused patrol cars for this purpose. Lt. Cocroft also noted that such a situation could lead to an unexpected accident as drivers slowed to view the “patrol car.”

Ramona resident Robin Joy Maxson, proposed a “call to action” by the RCPG; requesting that a standing subcommittee be activated to consistently work on safety improvements for this roadway instead of waiting for the next tragic accident to refocus efforts.

RCPG Chair, Jim Piva, suggested that Ramona hold DUI check points as a way to deter drinking and driving within our town. Currently, Poway holds such check points, but once the driver is in Ramona, there are no checks in place. Lt. Cocroft ended by saying that traffic safety is a “multi-pronged issue and, therefore, it requires a multi-pronged approach.”

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Joe Minervini August 04, 2012 at 02:51 PM
After the Lt. had everyone believing that the main cause of accidents on 67 were alcohol related, he then stated his statment was based on the 3rd quarter (I assume of 2012). It would've been better if the Lt. had provided statistics compiled over the last 5 years. I may be wrong but my impression is over 50% of the non-motorcycle fatalities on 67 over the last 5 yrs were caused by speeding, racing and driver error. The Lt. also mentioned he couldn't do much about increasing CHP presence on 67, be it extra officers,decoys, etc. unless some kind of grant funds were provided to fund same. Lastly, the Lt. suggested we contact our State Assemblyman and Senator and request they legislate for increased enforcement. To me, that appeared to be a kind dismissal of our concerns. Many of the fatalities & serious injuries on 67 are our neighbors....and thats too close to home. Joe Minervini
Clariece Tally August 06, 2012 at 06:27 PM
If the major cause of accidents on 67 is speeding, reckless driving, and alcohol, what would you have the CHP do? It is incredibly dangerous for them to cite on 67 - even with increased patrols. Second, while I understand these are your neighbors, if they were speeding, driving recklessly or under the influence that's not the CHP's fault or the responsiblity of the state legislature. It's the driver's fault.

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