Question: Coroner Jason Scott said he runs internal empire-free roads that are often congested. While driving slowly in traffic, he said, he often looked at Carpool Lane. “I notice every time that more than 50% of the vehicles have one person in them. I realize I can’t see the driver’s child in the back or in the small passenger. I can’t even see the passenger seat when the passenger side of the windshield is blocked. ”
Scott said he did not see any vehicles pulling because there was only one person in Carpool Alley. He wanted to know how many tickets have been written in the last three years in Riverside County and the state of California for not having at least two people in a car.
A: Our reader acknowledges that Riverside County is much larger, and he understands that investigating the accident and helping troubled drivers is a major priority for the California Highway Patrol. Our readers also acknowledged that there was a shortage of staff at CHP due to the COVID-19 epidemic and the closure of the CHP training academy in Sacramento. But he said he observed it before the epidemic broke out.
Let’s explain. The CHP interior division covers areas larger than 12 states with the most congested roads in several countries, including 10, 15, 215, freeways and 91 and 60. Many areas of the department are deserts, or less populated areas where drivers have higher speeds. The CHP Interior Division has 11 offices located in Bridgeport, Bishop, Mozave, Needles, Barstow, Riverside, Victorville, Rancho Cuakamonga, San Bernardino, Arrowhead and Morango Basin. The division covers Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Some of these areas do not have carpool lanes.
It is difficult to answer this reader’s question about numbers. These numbers are not all in one place, and it will take some time for CHP to be able to prove or disprove carpool lane violators.
With that said we have collected the information requested by our readers from the CHP Riverside office, which covers Riverside, Paris, Nuevo, Moreno Valley and a few smaller areas in the region. CHP Riverside Area Officers violated 2,698 carpools in 2019; 2,595 carpool violations in 2020; And so far this year, 2,006, until August 2 of.
“We are actively enforcing carpool violations,” said Juan Quintero, CHP officer of the Riverside Office. “However, as an officer safety practice, it is not uncommon for CHP officers to start a traffic stop on a freeway and the violator is asked to exit the freeway to complete the traffic stop. As a result, it may seem that we are not actively patrolling and enforcing vehicle codes, ”Quintero said.
Quintero says a good thing: a CHP officer can’t drag a carpool lane violator on a moving freeway to give a ticket. The officer must close the offensive vehicle to the shoulder, or close the freeway to pull the vehicle. If you see a CHP car with a stopped vehicle on a freeway off-road amp, how do you know what the driver is being ticketed for?
Quintero said he was unable to pull the numbers across the state. For more information about statewide statistics, our readers can submit a record request to CHP in Sacramento.
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