CHP aircraft enforcement

CHP Fixed Wing AircraftRESULTS OF CHP AIRCRAFT SPEED ENFORCEMENT DETAIL

On Sunday, September 14, 2014, California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bridgeport Area, in conjunction with the CHP’s Inland Division Air Operations Unit, based at Apple Valley Airport, conducted an aircraft speed enforcement detail on US-395, south of Topaz Lane (between Topaz Lane and Cunningham Lane).  This section of highway has a posted 55 mile per hour maximum speed limit.

During the approximately two hour detail, the CHP aircraft officer identified vehicles traveling in excess of the maximum speed limit and directed officers on the ground to make enforcement contacts.  A total of 11 enforcement contacts were made resulting in nine citations and two verbal warnings.  Eight citations were issued for exceeding the maximum speed limit, one citation was issued for a registration violation, and two verbal warnings were issued to drivers from out of the country.

According to the most recent State Wide Integrated Traffic Records System data, in 2012, 459 people were killed on California roadways in collisions where the primary collision factor was determined to be unsafe speed for conditions.  Another 70,291 people were injured in unsafe speed for conditions collisions.  The California Highway Patrol would like to take this opportunity to encourage drivers to slow down and pay attention to the speed limit.  Please, don’t become a statistic.

 

15 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

salblaster….I know it would be all but impossible to prove such a thing in court if you were written up for flashing your headlights to warn drivers of a CHP ahead…My guess is,if it were to happen,plead not guilty,and take it to court….my bet….dismissed.

salblaster
salblaster
8 years ago

I drove to reno and back on wednesday and around 6:30 pm i was southbound 395 threw walker river canyon when a oncoming driver flashed his lights at me, my first thought was what am on fire or something. then i realize probably a sherriff or chp hiding by the… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago
Reply to  salblaster

Was just checking my lights.

sugarmagnolia
sugarmagnolia
8 years ago
Reply to  salblaster

not to mention, many of us flash our headlights to let oncoming drivers aware of possible road hazards ahead, such as deer, or debris in the road or many other things. It would be awful hard for LEO to prove you weren’t flashing for one of those reasons. It would… Read more »

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
8 years ago

Sugar M, you hit the nail right on the head. I ALWAYS slow down driving through Olancha, Chalfant, (anywhwere) there are homes. I’m afraid of somebodies kid or dog running out in front of me. I was driving just north of Tom’s Place last Monday night & was only doing… Read more »

sugarmagnolia
sugarmagnolia
8 years ago

um no, Mr.NRA. The planes don’t just fly around willy nilly all day. They go up only for reasons and do cost a lot to operate. However, I don’t think one can judge the success of their mission on the number of tickets issued that day. In theory, their presence… Read more »

Jon Boyer
Jon Boyer
8 years ago
Reply to  sugarmagnolia

Sugar,

Check your stats. Unsafe speed is almost always the leading primary collision factor whether the collisions are fatal, non fatal injury, non injury etc. There are others, of course, DUI, Unsafe Turn, Right of Way violation etc., but speed is PCF #1.

Mark
Mark
8 years ago
Reply to  Jon Boyer

Texting has to be right up there with speeding

sugarmagnolia
sugarmagnolia
8 years ago
Reply to  Jon Boyer

stats can say what they want them to, it’s driver inattention that contributes to accidents..for the most part. There is a limit to how fast you can drive safely of course. If one is paying attention to their driving, the speed limit can quite safely and easily be exceeded by… Read more »

Mark
Mark
8 years ago

Verbal warnings for drivers from out of the country? Reminds me of illegal aliens from south of the boarder. If you’re from another country it’s ok to break our laws but if your a legal tax paying citizen your going to get cited and fined by law enforcement at every… Read more »

Mr. NRA
Mr. NRA
8 years ago

Tom, Our tax dollars pay to have the aircraft up in the air regardless if they are just flying around with nothing to do or trying to get some speeders. If a call came out and they needed the aircraft for a greater emergency then I can bet your bottom… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

These guys act like my eight grade hall monitor?

Tom O
Tom O
8 years ago

Seems like a waste of time/resources for 9 tickets.

Norm Olson
Norm Olson
8 years ago
Reply to  Tom O

They didn’t hit anyone – what is so bad about that?

Cody
Cody
8 years ago
Reply to  Tom O

I disagree. I often see people flying through that area at 70+. There is a reason why CHP and Mono Sheriffs spend so much time camped out in front of the Coleville school. I would like to know how many cars traveled that section during this operation versus how many… Read more »