On the roads of California has increased the number of drivers who made mistakes.
According to the California Road Patrol, in 2014 there were 98 accidents with injuries through the fault of drivers who left home. And every year they grew.
These preliminary CHP data show that last year this figure almost doubled to 2021 with 182 accidents with injuries through the fault of drivers.
At least five drivers have been registered on local roads in the last few weeks.
One Lamp resident filmed one such case on video on Friday, March 4th, just before 9 p.m.
She was driving on Highway 135 past Union Valley Parkway in Orcat.
A video of the driver moving in the wrong direction is provided by Carmen Earl
You can see how one car veered off the road to a driver who drove in the wrong direction, followed by another driver, Carmen Earl, who also missed a head-on crash.
“I think I was talking on the phone with my mom at the time and I saw the headlights and turned at the last minute, and looking back on the video, it was the last minute,” Earl KSBY said.
A few minutes later, this driver, who drove in the wrong direction, was killed by hitting the Prius head-on.
Earl learned of this when she returned home to Lompack, still thinking about her own almost head-on accident with the same driver.
“For me, it was kind of a push,” Earl said. “It was not a simple minor adjustment, a minor amendment. It was a complete reversal of my car to avoid this car. ”
Early Sunday morning, March 13, a Central Coast resident returning from the Chumash Casino filmed another driver who was off-road.
Video of the driver moving in the wrong direction provided by Roxy Castillo Anaya
“We all panicked because cars and trucks were driving on the other side,” said Roxy Castilla Ana. “We immediately just turned on the emergency lights and started blinking at the drivers to warn them that the driver was not the other side.”
The driver drove in the wrong direction past the police.
This driver, a man from Oxnard, eventually turned around on the highway and was then arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
“According to statistics, 48 percent of driver collisions with the wrong road usually involve a driver who is usually under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” said Miguel Alvarez, an employee of the San Luis Obispo CHP.
In addition, the last four drivers who were driving in the wrong order, as reported by KSBY, were on the road at night.
“Driver-related accidents typically occur in 57% of cases on weekends, followed by 48% of driver-related accidents occurring between midnight and 6 am,” Officer Alvarez added.
The CHP claims that 1% of fatal accidents in California are drivers driving on the wrong road.
Earl says that awareness of her surroundings and getting rid of distractions allowed her to avoid an accident herself.
“That split second if you don’t pay attention could mean you veered too late, and I was so thankful my eyes were on the road,” Earl said.
The CHP says there is no lane that is necessarily safer when driving on the highway.
The CHP claims they are not prosecuting drivers moving on the highway. If you see a driver who was not driving on the road, call 911.
In the CHP there is an increase in the number of drivers who make mistakes