Assembly approves Frazier resolution to create ‘CHP Officer Kirk Griess Memorial Highway’

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Will name Interstate 505 from I-80 interchange to Vaca Valley Parkway in memory of CHP officer killed while on duty in August

SACRAMENTO – The full Assembly today approved Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 4, which names a segment of Interstate 505 in Vacaville in the memory of CHP Officer Kirk Anthony Griess, who was struck and killed by a distracted driver in August while conducting a traffic stop on I-80 in Fairfield.

“Mr. Speaker and colleagues, our debt of gratitude to Officer Griess is one that can never be repaid,” said Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay), author of the resolution, presenting it on the Floor. “But we can do one small thing to help keep Officer Griess forever in our hearts and minds. The resolution we are voting on today will name the 505 freeway, from the Interstate 80 interchange to Vaca Valley Parkway, the ‘CHP Officer Kirk Griess Memorial Highway.’ ”

ACR 4 was adopted unanimously, with every member of the Assembly on the Floor signing on as coauthors of the Resolution. After it was adopted, Frazier introduced Officer Griess’ widow, Keri, along with Highway Patrol Commissioner Warren Stanley and several of Griess’ colleagues from Solano and Golden Gate divisions of the CHP, who were all on the Assembly Floor during the presentation.

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

ACR 4 now goes to the Senate for consideration. Concurrent resolutions must be approved by both houses of the Legislature and filed with the Secretary of State’s office, but don’t require the governor’s signature.

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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