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Traffic Injuries and Fatalities in Farm-Labor Vehicles in California


Cordner, G, Traffic Injuries and Fatalities in Farm-Labor Vehicles in California, Problem-Oriented Policing: Successful Case Studies, Routledge, MS Scott and RV Clarke (ed), London, pp. 148-157. ISBN 9780429457357 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4324/9780429457357


This case study describes the California Highway Patrolís Safety and Farm Labor Vehicle Education Program, aimed at reducing deaths and injuries from farm-labor vehicle crashes. The impetus was a horrific crash in 1999 in which 13 people died. A major contributing factor was unsafe design features in many farm-labor vehicles, many of which lacked seat restraints or had side-facing seats. These types of vehicles were exempt from Californiaís mandatory seat-belt law. Many farm laborers were Mexican immigrants who did not have vehicles or licenses and therefore were dependent on transportation provided by employers or commercial transport services. These laborers were accustomed to riding in unsafe vehicles, distrusted and feared the police, and were reluctant to complain due to their uncertain immigration status. The new response plan featured new state laws to improve farm-labor vehicle safety provisions. The California Highway Patrol then began a comprehensive inspection and public education and awareness regime.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:problem-oriented policing, road accidents, vehicle safety
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Police administration, procedures and practice
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Law enforcement
UTAS Author:Cordner, G (Dr Gary Cordner)
ID Code:147515
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-11-05
Last Modified:2021-12-02

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