Friday , April 19 2024

CHP, Caltrans Gives Tips on Driving Through Fog Safely

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<font size="2"><p>The California Highway Patrol said on Wednesday that many of the roads in the valley are known to be some of the most dangerous in the world because of the infamous fog. They’ve teamed up with Caltrans to continue their $12 million Fog Pilot Program that kicked off in 2008.</p>Caltrans said with the Fog Pilot Program, you’re going to see more warning and changeable message signs, visibility sensors, and closed-circuit television cameras– things on the road to help you get through the fog.<br /><br />&quot;Delano, and then I also go over to the Coast. Pismo, Atascadero,&quot; described Tim Bolex, a Fresno commuter who drives up and down the state for business.<br /><br />Bolex said his phone business requires him to drive to various cities throughout California to do repairs and service. He said when winter hits, that means rain and fog.<br /><br />He said, &quot;I’ve driven through dense fog so much that I almost have to zero in on the car in front of me, their lights, okay, just to be able to see where I’m at.&quot;<br /><br />The CHP said the fog is the reason why roads in Central California have been called some of the most dangerous in the world.<br /><br />CHP Captain Dave Paris said, &quot;We want to see everybody make their destination safely so they can enjoy their families and enjoy the holidays together.&quot;<br /><br />Paris said if drivers just slow down, the roads may be a safer place for drivers like Bolex.<br /><br />&quot;We’ve had enough tragedy in Fresno County. Our fatal collision picture is horrible for Fresno County. Our DUI violations are up,&quot; said Paris.<br /><br />Paris said other than decreasing your speed while driving through the fog, you should drive with your headlights on low beam and keep a safe distance between your car and the driver in front of you.<br /><br />Bolex said in the 28 years that he’s been a commuter, sometimes he’s had to pull over when the fog gets too heavy. He said he hopes other drivers will practice safe driving habits too.<br /><br />&quot;It’s very, very dangerous, very I mean, it’s a big concern,&quot; exclaimed Bolex.<br /><br />Paris said thankfully there hasn’t been any serious accidents in regards to the fog this season.</font></div>

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