Distracted driving roadside tragedy prompts interstate safety campaign

Officials from multiple states have launched a safety campaign, following a tragic incident that killed a Filipino motorist and a highway patrol officer.

The goal: to crackdown on distracted drivers.

Last August 10, 49-year-old Filipino Jaime Bueza Manuel from Vallejo, California and officer Kirk Griess were killed during a traffic stop on I-80 at North Texas Street in Fairfield.

Griess just pulled over Manuel, when a distracted driver struck them both with his vehicle.

Manuel, who migrated to the U.S. 10 years ago, worked as a caregiver.

A GoFundMe page has been set-up to help Manuel’s family as they cope with their loss.

This roadside tragedy prompted the California Highway Patrol to team up with its Nevada counterpart to launch the I-80 Challenge, particularly for Labor Day Weekend.

Interstate 80 runs from San Francisco to the Utah state line.

During the I-80 challenge period, the Highway Patrol will increase traffic safety operations to educate drivers and if necessary, take enforcement action on those who violate traffic laws.

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