(Press Release – CHP Bridgeport) On Sunday, September 22nd, California Highway Patrol Bridgeport Area, in conjunction with the CHP’s Inland Division Air Operations Unit, based at Apple Valley Airport, conduced an aircraft speed enforcement detail on US-395, south of Oil Plant Road (between Lee Vining and June Lake). This section of highway has a posted 65 mile per hour maximum speed limit.
During the approximately two hour and 30 minute detail, CHP aircraft officers identified vehicles traveling in excess of the maximum speed limit and directed officers on the ground to make enforcement contacts. A total of 16 enforcement contacts were made resulting in 13 citations and three verbal warnings. 12 citations were issued to drivers traveling between 80 and 89 miles per hour (exceeding the maximum speed limit by 15 miles per hour, or greater), one citation was issued for a registration violation, and three verbal warnings were issued for various vehicle code violations.
In 2010, 2,739 people were killed in traffic collisions on California roadways. Of those deaths, 435 (or 15.9%) were caused by vehicles traveling at unsafe speeds. Lieutenant Ron Cohan, commander of the CHP Bridgeport Area, noted, “In our daily lives we tend to forget the dangers of speeding. A traffic collision, especially at speeds such as these, can result in an injury or even death. The CHP will continue to use all the tools at its disposal to reduce speeding and further traffic safety in California.”