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May 30, 2024

CHP combats county’s high teen driving fatality rate

Courtesy of the California Highway Patrol:

Reckless and distracted driving is putting San Benito County’s teenage drivers in danger at an alarming rate.

Currently, the county is ranked third in the state when it comes to the number of teen fatalities resulting from traffic collisions; Monterey County is number 10 on that same list.

In an effort to save lives, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has received additional funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety, which will help provide awareness and education to teenagers, their parents, and community members about responsible driving.

The CHP’s Hollister-Gilroy Area and Monterey Area offices have partnered with Natividad Medical Center in Salinas to discuss the issue and stress the importance of working with the community to address the problem.

On April 13, the Monterey area captain of the CHP Kelly Cardoza will join Assemblyman Robert Rivas, Natividad Chief Medical Officer Craig Walls, San Jose Fire Department Capt. Christopher Salcido and Impact Teen Drivers Executive Director Kelly Browning for a press conference and safe-driving demonstration.

It is set for 12:30 p.m. at Natividad Medical Center, 1441 Constitution Blvd, Salinas. After a press conference, the group will host a distracted driving demonstration.