CHP Traffic Tickets About Lives Not Money

The focus is public safety says the new commander of the Castro Valley Area office, which patrols Interstate 580 and county roads in unincorporated areas.


(Issued by the office of new local CHP Chief Lt. Christopher Sherry, who is profiled today.)

There is a common misconception that the California Highway Patrol (CHP) writes tickets to generate revenue for its operations. Nothing could be further from the truth. The CHP receives no funding from traffic fines. We enforce the law for one compelling reason: to save your life.

The CHP Castro Valley area is unique because it provides service not only to motorists traveling on Interstate 580, but also to residents of unincorporated Alameda County. 

CHP Castro Valley Officers respond to vehicle collisions in residential neighborhoods and on rural county roads. 

Over the past three years only 30% of fatal collisions recorded in the CHP's Castro Valley area occurred on Interstate 580. The other 70% occurred within residential neighborhoods and on rural county roads. 

Officers enforce Prima Facie speed limits, posted regulatory signs (i.e. Stop Signs), traffic signals, pedestrian crossings and many other violations on a daily basis.  The CHP’s intent is to reduce the number of fatal, injury, and property damage collisions which occur on the roadways. 

Conducting traffic enforcement at an intersection which is controlled by stops signs is just as important as removing impaired drivers from the roadway. 

If a driver fails to stop for a stop sign and is involved in a traffic collision, the potential for loss of life or injury is equivalent to someone driving under the influence. 

The primary goal of the CHP is to provide the highest level of safety, service, and security to the people of California, in this case Castro Valley and vicinity. 

Officers also provide “Start Smart” teen driver and “Older Driver” safety classes to the public with a special emphasis on inattention. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please free to contact the CHP Castro Valley area office  (510) 581-9028 or follow us on Twitter @ chpcastrovalley.

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Rob Raistlin September 27, 2012 at 09:37 PM
if ignorance is bliss then you must lead a charmed life. if you really havent noticed they do make the effort to hide then i wont be the one to shatter your world. your postings are almost chp pr commercials. smh
Californicated1 September 27, 2012 at 09:51 PM
But which one seems to have a higher priority with these folks? My wager here is that it has always been revenue unless there is a more glaring safety violation out on the road. Driving with expired tags or "concealed plates" is not a safety violation. Excessive speed or wreckless driving is.
XS September 28, 2012 at 12:29 AM
And your posts come across very anti-government. Don't break the law! Who cares where the cops may or may not be sitting! If you're not doing anything wrong then why let it bother you so much? If you really think they are intentionally hiding and out to get you, there's nothing anyone can say to change your mind. It sounds like you have an extremely skewed viewpoint (based on a past experience with an Officer?) and exactly opposite of my own. I will simply agree to disagree and move on.
Californicated1 September 28, 2012 at 04:41 PM
And it looks like we can count on you to vote in fascists and other extremists out there who promise "law and order". No, thank you, we already have enough of that here, from people who called themselves both "democrats" and "republicans". As for the funding that the CHP gets, it may indeed come from the DMV, but we also have to look at what goes into paying a ticket here in California: 1.) Initial Fine for the Violation itself. 2.) Surcharge for Peace Officers' Training Fund--$10 for each $10 increment of Initial Fine. 3.) Surcharge for Court Maintenance Fee--$7 for each $10 increment of Initial Fine. 4.) Surcharge for New Court Construction Fee--$5 for each $10 increment of Initial Fine. 5.) Surcharge for State's General Fund--20% of Initial Fine. 6.) $10 Surcharge to maintain your driving record and criminal record. 7.) $1 Surcharge for Night Court Fees 8.) $10 for each prior violation you may have received in the past 3 years. So when you add all this stuff up, you find that paying these will become pretty hefty and steep. And if you wonder why a speeding ticket for 10 miles over the posted Speed Limit costs $180 at times, look to the above chart for your answer, or from Nolo Press' "How To Fight Your Ticket And Win In California", which should be standard reading just like the DMV driver's handbooks.
Californicated1 September 28, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Here is what a speeding ticket for 10 MPH over the posted Speed Limit looks like when you have to pay the ticket: 1.) $25.00 - Initial Fine Amount. 2.) $30.00 - Peace Officers' Training Fund Surcharge. 3.) $42.00 - Court Maintenance Fee. 4.) $50.00 - New Court Construction Fee. 5.) $ 5.00 - 20% Surcharge to State Government's General Fund. 6.) $10.00 - Surcharge to Maintain Your Driving and Criminal Record. 7.) $ 1.00 - Night Court Fees. So far, this is adds up to $163.00. But the counties and even the cities, like Pleasanton, also add on their surcharges if one of their Police Officers issues the citation. And given this kind of racket, probably brought on by Proposition 13, people wonder why the costs of traffic tickets here in California is higher than it is anywhere else in the world, except for Finland perhaps, where they assess their fines on the violator's ability to pay, as one Nokia executive found out when he had to pay a $200,000 speeding ticket for driving 15 kph over the posted speed limit.


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