Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on February 25, 1968 · 16
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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California · 16

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.14 6ilUttb2i(Tribunt Sun., Feb. 25, 1968 Freeway )W10NDAY&2 TiitcnaY fEHi(Ito ONLY ? M o I o l ' J AakkZ If f f p i i' $ V ...... I : ,73. 1. , n : . I 1 . t 11 Xmmm!H b:.-. I IMPACT TESTS BY STATE HIGHWAYS DIVISION SIGN FALLS ON FOREIGN CAR IN TEST CRASH ; Guardrails vary in design and effectiveness Fixed objects caused 269 of 714 deaths in 1967 Highway Safety Speedup " California and the Federal Government are partners in ;an unprecedented effort to ; 'make the state's freeways and highways a safer place. ; The newly created U.S. De- partmenOf Transportation is .'administering a whole new passel of safety-minded programs, given new impetus 'from two key acts of Corv-'gress. The state is either accelerating current programs or ini- 'tiating additional ones, many lof which are several cuts .above the minimums set by t. 'Congress. ' Rus Walton, State Transportation Agency special assistant coordinating all highway . 'safety programs, summarizes the mood. . "It's the change In climate. :Public opinion is showing a greater awareness of this I ;problem and such programs ." are gaining higher priorities I;at budget time," he says. ' Tom Holler, managing di-"yector of the Eastbay Chapter, National Safety Council, says the "most persistent enemy of traffic safety was public apathy. Too few seemed to understand that traffic accidents can be prevented, that they are not 'acts of God' and that they occur in epidemic fashion because we tolerate unsafe behavior and environment." Holler and Walton, among other authorities in the field, point to two federal milestones the Motor Vehicle Safety Act and High Safety Act, both passed in 1966 by. Congress. The latter provides for coordinated nationwide highway safety programs through financial assistance to the states, which must follow guidelines set up by the act. The scope of the programs, the act states, "includes, but is not limited to, highway safety systems, research and development relating to vehicle, highway and driver characteristics, accident investiga-" tions, communications, emergency medical care and transportation of the injured." State o f f i c i a 1 s say each state, to qualify for these federal funds, must draw up safety-oriented programs costing $30 million over a three-year span or a minimum of $10 million annually. California's "spot improvement" traffic safety program alone costs more than $11 million for such items as signal lights, raised markers, road widening and other "safety" upgrading. In its $1 million pilot "CURE" program (Clean Up Roadside Environment) and other multi-million-dollar programs, the state is putting in more angled-post signs and other fixed-object improvements on the roadsides. In this same area, the Federal Highway Administration recently announced the "banning of future installation of rigidly fixed traffic sign supports and light poles in ex-posed areas' of federal-aid highways where breakaway or yielding supports can be used." ; All highways built or improved with federal assistance are affected, said the agency. $2 Million Fire -It's Marijuana MEXICO CITY (AP) A $2 million bonfire was scheduled this weekend in a field near Mazatlan on the Pacific coast. The fuel is more than 35 tons of marijuan seized by Mexican police Agents in recent months. The value is reckoned on underworld price scales. California has long been a leader in research and testing programs, which cost $4.5 million in 1967. All fixed structures undergo a "severity test" at the testing grounds near Sacramento. Rudolph J. Israel, Division of Highways safety director, also notes that the state has one of the best accident-reporting systems in the country. With use of computers, every accident becomes part of the record to evaluate probable causes as related to the driver, vehicle, road and other conditions. There are increasing numbers of studies on alcohol and fatal accidents. The National Safety Council reports that drinking is a factor in at least half of fatal accidents. . In a recent study, the California Traffic Safety Foundations, working with the coroners of 41 large counties, surveyed the post-mortem blood tests of 1,510 drivers killed In traffic accidents in the state in 1966. The foundation discovered that 53 per cent of the drivers had been drinking prior to their accidents, most of them with a blood-alcohol ratio indicating they were under the "influence" of alcohol. Quickly Obsolete Continued From Page 9 where Eastshore through traffic merges with that going to or from Richmond. A total of 74 accidents were reported, consisting of one fatal, 23 i j u r y and 50 property-damage-only-a cc i-dents. Other high-incidence spots In Alameda County were: Nimitz Freeway Fruitvale Avenue overhead, 23 total accidents; Fifth Avenue overhead, 19; Hegenberger Road overcrossing, 14, a n d 98th Avenue overcrossing, 14 (all , of these in Oakland.) Eastshore Freeway Powell Street (Emeryville), 32; Gil-man Street (Berkeley), 22; and Temescal Creejk Bridge (Emeryville), 18. ' MacArthur. Freeway-Oakland's East Lake Shore Park area where Grand Avenue undercrossing commences and goes up under the Van Buren, Avenue pedestrian overcrossing, 27; aseparate point just north of the Van Buren overcrossing, 15; junction with Route 238 (Castro Valley), 14, and Lake Park Avenue overcrossing (Oakland), 13. In Contra Costa County, on Route 24, there were 12 total accidents at the immediate east end of Caldecott Tunnel and another 11 at a point slightly to the east. There also were 12 accidents at the Aca-lanes Road undercrossing west of Upper Happy Valley Road. 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