Bay Area Car Accident Prompts CHP to Focus on Highway Safety

by Staff Blogger | February 2nd, 2015

While Northern California is home to some of our country’s most beautiful terrain, the heavy fog the region is also known for can make seeing the landscape—and our roads—extremely difficult. Just last Tuesday, five people were killed as the result of a bay area car accident caused by a lack of visibility due to heavy fog.

So what is being done to reduce these types of California car accidents? Experts say the California Highway Patrol is using a decades-old program to protect those who are most vulnerable to fog-induced accidents.

ABC 23 News reports field and farm workers are often on the road going to work when fog is at its densest. Many of these workers commute in large groups, which prompted the initiation of the Safety and Farm Labor Vehicle Education Program. It requires all drivers who carpool with more than nine other workers to be certified and carry extra safety equipment in their vehicles. Not only must they have a fire extinguisher, but the vehicle must also be equipped with a seat belt for every passenger. In order for a driver to get certified, they must also attend driving safety courses, have their vehicles undergo special inspections, and obtain a Class B driver’s license.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we applaud the efforts being made to keep our highways safe. Our California personal injury lawyers also encourage you to do your part to stay safe on the road by always buckling up.