In August this year, the CHP celebrates its 85th anniversary. Before the CHP, counties and many municipalities fielded their own traffic officers, enforcing a hodgepodge of local traffic laws, often to the frustration of confused motorists. The state passed the California Vehicle Act of 1923 to institute a set of uniform road rules. This lead to the creation of the CHP in 1929 with an initial strength of 280 patrol officers to enforce these rules.
To clear the way for the new law enforcement organization, the Auto Club of California with its own Highway Patrol Service, a roadside-assistance program which was founded in 1924 with no law-enforcement duties, relinquished its name to avoid confusion.
Credit to be given, "OffRamp," Auto Club of Southern California.
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