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Fatal traffic collisions in Bakersfield increase during stay at home order

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Posted at 2:06 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 18:08:07-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The state's roadways have greatly benefited while more and more Californians observing the stay at home order, while traffic is down, collisions and DUIs have declined in some areas of the state.

However, here in Bakersfield at the Bakersfield Area CHP, there has been increase in fatal crashes.

From March 19, there has been a 33% increase.

“Resist the temptation to speed. Drivers are easier to spot when they are on a nearly empty roadway,” added Commissioner Stanley. “Remember, taking care of one another goes beyond wearing a face covering and physical distancing. As communities in California move into the next phases of reopening, continue to slow down, pay attention to the road, drive sober and keep yourself and those around you from becoming a grim statistic.”