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My name is Steve Young and I am a retired California Highway Patrol Officer. I will also be your instructor in one of the online traffic courses with B Line Traffic Schools. No matter what course you sign up for, my goals are the same: Present you with the information that you need in a way that will not put you to sleep and then get you back to your life.  Throughout some of the courses I have included interesting situations, people and other random things I have come across in my 25+ years with the CHP to break things up a bit. Ok ok, enough about me. Close this window and start your course with B Line Traffic Schools today.

What to do in a Traffic Break

22 Mar Blog | Comments

We all know the term Round Robin as it relates to sporting competitions, but California Highway Patrol (CHP) also uses the term Round Robin when they need to slow or stop traffic on a freeway.

The official term is traffic break.  In the UK, a traffic break is more widely known as a rolling roadblock—a means of down slowing traffic in a controlled manner, preventing drivers from being surprised with sudden brake lights. In America, the first rolling roadblocks were used in this manner. The back and forth motion of the police cruiser became known as the Round Robin for the cyclic path it took across the traffic lanes.

The most important thing to know about traffic breaks is that they are only used when absolutely necessary. The goal of the CHP is to keep traffic flowing, so when it becomes necessary to run a traffic break you can be assured it is necessary to provide for the public’s safety. It may be due to a hazard in the roadway, a victim of a tragic accident being treated by paramedics, or it may be that the roadway ahead is impassible.

A traffic break is started by a patrol car or motorcycle officer making their way across all lanes of freeway traffic with the emergency lights activated.  You will see them veering from left to right and you should never attempt to pass them. It is not only unlawful, but also dangerous. As a CHP officer, I was running a traffic break one day when I was struck by another motorist who was bound and determined to pass me.

When faced with a situation where you see a patrol officer running a traffic break, remain patient and stay behind him or her.  It’s for your safety, as well as the safety of others.

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