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Statewide figures show freeway shootings down
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In what authorities termed a significant milestone for public safety, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported documenting a substantial reduction in the number of freeway shootings across the state. The number of confirmed freeway shootings in California dropped from 349 to 274 last year – a reduction of more than 21 percent from the previous year and a 38 percent reduction from 2021.

In addition to the reduction in the number of freeway shootings, CHP data confirms the number of victims killed and injured in highway violence incidents also decreased. In 2023, there were four people killed in freeways shootings, which is a 60 percent reduction from 2022. Additionally, there was an 8 percent reduction in the number of people injured – from 74 to 68 last year. Reflecting some of the actions that contributed to these reductions, the number of arrests by the CHP in freeway shootings increased nearly 9 percent from 2022.

“While this downward trend marks progress, let’s be clear: one life lost by gun violence is one too many,” Governor Gavin Newsom said in response to the figures. “California will remain relentless in our pursuit to improve public safety, reduce gun violence, and invest in smart crime-fighting strategies that deliver real results.”

“Freeway shootings are serious crimes, and the CHP actively investigates every incident of highway violence,” CHP Commissioner Sean Duryee agreed. “This accomplishment reflects our unwavering commitment to ensuring the safety of our highways throughout California and fostering an environment where motorists can travel without fear.”

CHP officials issued some reminders: If you are driving on the freeway and a shooting takes place near you, you should remain calm, be a good witness and note any details such as vehicle descriptions and license plate numbers. Maintain a safe distance from the suspect, and call 9-1-1 if possible, to report the incident and your current location.