Assembly set Monday to approve Frazier Reso designating Officer Kirk Griess Memorial Highway

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Transportation Committee also approves Frazier jointly authored bill to increase penalties for using phone illegally while driving

SACRAMENTO – At its first hearing of the new legislative session, the Assembly Transportation Committee this week approved a resolution by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay) to name a portion of Interstate 505 in Vacaville in the memory of CHP Officer Kirk Anthony Griess, who was killed on duty last August.Assembly Concurrent Resolution 4 (ACR 4) designates I-505 between the Interstate 80 interchange and Vaca Valley Parkway the “CHP Officer Kirk Griess Memorial Highway.” It goes before the full Assembly Monday afternoon, March 18, for a final vote. Floor session is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Officer Griess, who lived in Vacaville, was killed Aug. 10, 2018 while conducting a traffic stop on westbound I-80 east of the Manuel Campos off-ramp when he was struck by a vehicle. The driver Griess had pulled over, Jaime Manuel, of Vallejo, was also killed.

“Officer Griess was a respected and beloved CHP officer and community member who had served the Solano County community for sixteen years,” said Frazier, who chairs the Transportation Committee. “Naming a highway for Officer Griess will not mitigate the pain and sense of loss his family and community continues to endure, but it will help ensure his service and sacrifice are not forgotten.”

Officer Griess is survived by his wife, Keri, and their three children: daughters Kadi and Kaci and son Kole.

In compliance with state law, the signs designating the Officer Kirk Griess Memorial Highway will be paid for with private donations.

The CHP has determined the man who struck Griess and Manuel was using his phone and was distracted when he caused the accident.

Frazier is jointly authoring a bill this session, AB 47, which would increase the penalties for those caught driving using a phone illegally by adding a negligent operator point on a person’s driver’s license.

The Assembly Transportation Committee also unanimously approved AB 47 at the same hearing this week. AB 47 is supported by the California Police Chiefs Association. The bill will next be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

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Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which encompasses a large cross section of the Delta in Central Solano, Eastern Contra Costa and Southern Sacramento counties, and includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.

CONTACT:   Andrew Bird (916) 319-2011 Andrew.Bird@asm.ca.gov