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Traffic Safety Watch: Caltran Recognized as Nation's Safest

December 31, 1969

The California Department of Transportation (Caltran) was recently recognized for having the country's safest and smartest transportation policy. The recognition was given after the completion of a nationwide analysis that was conducted by the National Complete Streets Coalition (NCSC).
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Currently, there are close to 200 complete street policies across the nation. These complete streets are transportation facilities that have been designed and maintained to provide safe mobility for everyone in the traveling community, including pedestrians, motorists, bicyclists and transit riders.

Our Costa Mesa accident attorneys understand that it's an honor to receive recognition like this, from the NCSC, but we also understand that we have a long way to go in the state of California to make sure that our streets are safe for everyone. There are still thousands who are being killed in traffic accidents across the state each and every year. Some of the fault of these accidents rests with the design of our roadways and other traveling facilities, while the other potion of the blame for these accidents can be placed on traveler inattention and irresponsibility. It's important that we all work together to make sure that our streets are safe!

"There's a growing understanding across the country that streets are something more than just a way to get from Point A to Point B in a car," said NCSC Director Roger Millar.

Some of the best Complete Streets in the State:

-Lake Tahoe: This project won "Best in the Basin" in 2011. This is the project that lines State Route 28. It's close to ten miles of bike lanes that goes from Kings Beach to Tahoe City.

-San Diego: Along Interstate 5, the Genesee Avenue Interchange Project consists of three miles of bike paths and has a new bridge that works to accommodates even more traffic lanes, bicycle routes and sidewalks.

-Redding: This is the area alone State Route 44 in Redding that provided a new ramp for traffic that is driving from Dana Drive to SR-84 westbound. This ramp makes it a lot easier for drivers to get around in the area. There is also a new bicycle/pedestrian path.

-Southern California: Here there is a three mile bike path that was constructed back in 2011. It sits along State Route 1.

-Fresno: This area now has curb ramps that meet standards that have been set in the Americans with Disabilities Act.

-Bay Area: This area has a new pedestrian crossing (where the crossing was previously prohibited). It sits along State Route 82 in Daly City and is located near the busy transit station.

Even with the recognition for these safe streets, the safety of travelers in the area relies on responsible traveling habits. Drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and all other travelers are asked to move about the area with compassion and awareness for others. We can all work to reduce the risks for accidents in the area, but it's a joint effort.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact HOWARD LAW for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call (800) 872-5925.

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