CHP aircraft detail nabs speeders

chpplaneIf they don’t get you on the ground, the California Highway Patrol might catch you speeding from their aircraft speed enforcement detail. Officers took to the air on Sunday and officers on the ground issued citations and warnings.

According to a CHP press release, the Bridgeport Office of the CHP, along with the CHP inland Division Air Operations Unit, conducted an aircraft speed enforcement detail on Highway 395 north of Tom’s Place. The speed limit is 65 miles per hour; and in a two and a half hour detail, CHP aircraft officers identified speeders. They directed officers on the ground to stop the vehicles.

CHP said a total of 19 enforcement contacts were made resulting in 12 citations and 7 verbal warnings. Officers said that citations were issued for drivers traveling between 80 and 84 miles per hour. Verbal warnings were given to drivers traveling between 75 and 79 miles per hour.

In their press release, the CHP reminds that speeding is the number one cause for traffic collisions in California. Lieutenant R.D. Cohan, commander of the CHP’s Bridgeport Area, is quoted as saying, “Traveling at the speeds these drivers were cited for greatly increases the likelihood of an injury collision.” He added that ground or air medical transportation to the nearest major trauma center in Reno takes hours. He said this fact shows the need for the CHP’s use of a number of tools to catch violators.

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Mark
Mark
8 years ago

Aerial traffic enforcement is nothing new in the Eastern Sierra I was ticketed on 395 between Crowley and Mcgee the summer of 1984. The officer pulled me over and ask if I knew how fast I was going. I told him I really didn’t be cause we were watching this… Read more »

Roy
Roy
8 years ago

I have the best solution for not getting stopped and given a ticket or a warning… Drive the speed limit and obey the traffic laws…. I have been driving since 1963 and I have never ever received a ticket and have only been stopped once in my entire driving life… Read more »

Big Rick OBrien
Big Rick OBrien
8 years ago
Reply to  Roy

Roy…no disrespect intended, but you (probably) never got a ticket because of that gold LASO badge in your wallet, right next to your driver’s license. just sayin’…

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

Thank you Big Rick, my mother got a speeding ticket just pass Mammoth last year, with my kid in the car. My mom still apologies to us for doing what 90 % of the people ticketed don’t even realize they are doing. The cops have been handing out the same… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago
Reply to  Roy

90% of one’s driving being in a take home patrol car does lower the chance of being pulled over. Was the broken tail light caused by a tailgating LEO in Bridgeport?

Roy
Roy
8 years ago
Reply to  Pedro

The dept I worked for has never allowed take home patrol cars and I was 18 years old when I got stopped for the tail light violation…Some of us are excellent drivers, obey the rules of the road and because of that don’t get stopped for traffic violations..

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
8 years ago

I have been traveling the 395 since the 70’s. IMO, The single biggest improvement to highway safety on the 395 has been the divided roadway. Gone are the days of wanna-be racers that lack the patience to wait for a safe time to pass when traveling through the OV. Second… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago

I still vividly remember a day on an autobahn in Germany riding a motorcycle alongside an Opel Senator, dad relaxed in the drivers seat, mom with her head against the B-pillar sleeping, the boy and girl punching each other on the back seat, all of us moving with the flow… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

Thank You Salblaster, if the average speed every one drives is 80 mph, than that should be the speed limit. Falling asleep is probably the biggest killer we have on our highway.

Mark
Mark
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Inexperienced, distracted and speeding is what lead to the terrible accident South of Bishop.

The only thing that could make it any worse is if they were drunk.

salblaster
salblaster
8 years ago

I drove to Houston TX. and back in june ( longest road trip of my life ) and was surprised to see a 80 mph speed limit on the 10 freeway thru most of texas and that goes for truckers, or cars towing trailers, even saw a car towing two… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  salblaster

Much of I-15 in Utah is posted 85 mph now, and that speed limit applies to trucks too. Frankly, even with a couple of decades of driving trucks and busses behind me (well behind me, thank goodness I never have to earn my dinner that way ever again!) it gives… Read more »

Eastern Sierra Local
Eastern Sierra Local
8 years ago

Fortunately, CHP air tickets are the EASIEST tickets to win in court. Since the CHP officer issuing the citation is a cruiser on the ground and that officer is notified by the pilot in the air; that officer IS NOT the one who is “accusing” the motorist of the infraction;… Read more »

Big Rick OBrien
Big Rick OBrien
8 years ago

Local dude,(or dudette) I got nailed for doing 35 in the speed-trap known as Mina, Nevada and found out that the trooper that wrote me, got a promotion & was transferred to Carson City. I thought there was no way in HELL that he’d show up in what they call… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago

CHP disciplines officers for failing to show in court for trials of tickets they wrote.

Roy
Roy
8 years ago

Having spent 30 years in law enforcement I don’t know of any agency that won’t discipline a officer for failing to appear in court. With my agency the first time was a written reprimand, the next time was a suspension without pay…

Mark
Mark
8 years ago

I asked my CHP buddy about them showing up in court. He said it is very very rare for them not too.

TomB
TomB
8 years ago

Eastern Sierra Local , You obviously have no experience in the arena. Pilots are scheduled for two days in the eastern sierra. The first day is the enforcement day and the second day is the common court day. These pilots are very experienced officers (10,000+ citations) and have some of… Read more »

Big Rick OBrien
Big Rick OBrien
8 years ago
Reply to  TomB

ADVANCED ground speed detecting instruments ?? Do you mean the 2 big white lines painted on the highway, a mile apart, so they can time you from one line to the next ?

dean
dean
8 years ago

If someone wants to use this technique, they should probably ask the court for a continuance of their trail date to force the CHP pilot to come back on another day that they don’t have 15 ticket trials stacked.

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago

I would dearly love to see a ballot initiative outlawing all forms of electronic traffic enforcement statewide. That means radar, lidar, red light and radar cameras, the lot. Any takers?

In the know
In the know
8 years ago

I would rather be pulled over by CHP any day then to be pulled over by the MCSO!

CHP at least won’t make you pee in a cup on the side of the road!

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago
Reply to  In the know

Did they ticket you for indecent exposure afterword?

ToesOver
ToesOver
8 years ago

Actually, speeding contributes to 1/3 of all vehicle accidents. The number one cause of accidents is DISTRACTED DRIVING. “Distracted driving continues to be the number one leading cause of car accidents in America. Talking on the phone, texting, eating, reading, grooming, and talking are just some of the ways drivers… Read more »

sugar magnolia
sugar magnolia
8 years ago
Reply to  ToesOver

Sad that either the CHP is lying to the public or is ignorant to the true number one cause of accidents. I expect more of our CHP LEO’s who should be highway safety professionals.

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago
Reply to  ToesOver

ToesOver- maybe we should ban good looking girls from cross walks? Can you come up with more ways to ruin my fun.

sugar magnolia
sugar magnolia
8 years ago

I believe inattention is the biggest cause of accidents, not speeding, although speeding does certainly play a role. That highway is designed to go much faster then the speed limit and as long as you’re paying attention, you can probably safely go 90 for most of it. If you combine… Read more »

Mark
Mark
8 years ago

I have the up most respect for the CHP with one exception and that would be the officer who hassled dm down in Round Valley. He needs to stay on 395 and write speeding tickets.

Mongo The Idiot
Mongo The Idiot
8 years ago

Mongo make some interesting observations on last trip about speeding. *Most everyone drives 70 through Independence at 4 AM; why are there different speed limits at different times of the day? Is it because there are no Elk, pets, or children on the highway at that time? *The two speeders… Read more »

Big Rick OBrien
Big Rick OBrien
8 years ago

“Mongo just a pawn, in game of life”.

Mongo The Idiot
Mongo The Idiot
8 years ago

Huh-huh, naw, Mongo straight.

The Aggressive Progressive!
The Aggressive Progressive!
8 years ago

I wonder if the 12 citations was enough to cover the officers wage? not to mention everything else it took to have a plane in the air? I don’t think the tax payer has any say in this, they are out to serve us right? or are we on the… Read more »

upthecreek
upthecreek
8 years ago

I was thinking the same thing on how much it costs to actually have a plane in the air with two cop pilots.

Pensions for everyone
Ggw

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  upthecreek

How many cops in a patrol car out on the highway where they are visible could have been paid for for the cost of that airplane?

Mark
Mark
8 years ago

Fishing for speeders would be better on a Friday or Sunday that’s for sure. Or just wait till winter and get those crazy skiers.. 🙂

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago

Two decades ago CHP did not use radar. The state legislature would not authorize the CHP to use it. Then the insurance industry and a couple of the better financed counties started buying radar units and giving them to the CHP to use, for “safety”. Where CHP officers once drove… Read more »

Mark
Mark
8 years ago

You won’t get any complaints from me. Not enough people get pulled over for speeding.

Now they need to cite the truckers for driving over 55mph.

sugar magnolia
sugar magnolia
8 years ago
Reply to  Mark

I have to wonder why we have a two tiered speed limit system here in CA. I don’t see it in most other states and it seems to work fine. Driving cross country, I typically get in line with the truckers, figuring they know the best speed to travel. It… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
8 years ago
Reply to  sugar magnolia

When you say two-tiered, I assume you mean different speeds for large trucks and automobiles 55/65. The answer is physics. Large trucks are much heavier and require longer stopping distances. Stopping distances increase substantially with increased speed.

upthecreek
upthecreek
8 years ago

How fast do you drive Wayne?

upthecreek
upthecreek
8 years ago
Reply to  upthecreek

To the above upthecreek

Please make up your own screen name and stop using mine

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  upthecreek

upthecreek is a moniker long used by another of our commenters. Please find your own.
Thanks, Benett Kessler

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  upthecreek

.upthecreek…never over 70 MPH on HWY 395….Thing is,the ones driving the fastest are the most careless too…and not just the speeds they are driving,but usually in a group ,talking on cell-phones,yapping to their buddies in the vehicles…as we all see from other stories here, sometimes hauling dope through the Valley… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Please stay to the right. I’ll be the flipping ya the bird.

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Speaking of staying to the right…
I’ll give a friendly wave (no bird) as I pass you when your pulled to the right by the CHP.

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Tailgating and passing at last moment even when there are two lanes and a hundred miles of open road.

Sean
Sean
8 years ago

Just another example of government wasting precious airspace! Clearly a violation of the 18th and 19th Amendments to the United States Constitution! I demand an investigation!

Sean
Sean
8 years ago
Reply to  Sean

That was a joke…

The Aggressive Progressive!
The Aggressive Progressive!
8 years ago
Reply to  Sean

Clearly your very amused with yourself, if you want Clear examples of “government wasting” and “violation of Amendments to the United States Constitution” you really don’t have to look far….oh wait, it’s a joke, right?

SLOW DOWN
SLOW DOWN
8 years ago

It’s good to see the CHP doing their jobs. For those who will complain, all you need to do is slow down. I drive 395 on a regular basis and set my cruise control at 75. I’ve been hit with radar many times and have never been pulled over. If… Read more »

Pop
Pop
8 years ago
Reply to  SLOW DOWN

So you deliberately break the speed laws? Then tell others to slow down? That’s rich.

Big Rick OBrien
Big Rick OBrien
8 years ago

If you’re going 80, you DESERVE a ticket. But I still think that the major cause of accidents is people driving with their heads up their butt’s. ( AKA, cell phones).

upthecreek
upthecreek
8 years ago

wow!! big rick

i finally agree with one of your post

however govt has still gone wild…

cl
cl
8 years ago

Let the anti law enforcement comments commence!

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  cl

cl……I was about to say the same thing when I first saw this story !!!!!….Some will see it as an infringement on their” right” to speed on the highways and drive dangerously,putting others at risk while doing so.At least they know about it….My suggestion when those choose to visit,vacation,or recreate… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

WD, Speeding is number one cause of accidents. Followed closely by tailgating and aggressive behavior, as exhibited by CHP officers in Bridgeport. I love a role model!

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Pedro

Pedro….”as exhibited by CHP officers in Bridgeport”…My assumption….sour grapes for getting pulled over and/or ticketed…or something to complain about in court…..or just to complain about.

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

WD, so you take it for granted that I am bitter or complaining about being ticketed. That coming from a person complaining about law enforcement criticism in this thread before it even happened. I have been ticketed for speeding. I broke the law, the officer pulled me over, took a… Read more »

Conor
Conor
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Actually, more accidents happen as a result of drunk driving or distractions behind the wheel, not speeding. Speeding doesn’t increase the chance of getting into a wreck unless it’s completely wreckless to the point where you lose control of your vehicle. The US is under this impression that going too… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago
Reply to  cl

I see CHP is as arrogant and chicken …. as ever. Now we have to look up while driving the same speed they all do.

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Actually, Trouble, you need to look down at your speedometer and make sure it says 65 or so.
Benett

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Oh, what would James Dean say about all of our Momma Boy rules?

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Trouble….If your refering to the James Dean I’m thinking you are,maybe if he followed the “Momma Boy rules” he would’ve lived longer than age 21,having died in an auto accident while speeding.

dean
dean
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Maybe we should ask the tree he wrapped his car around?

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/27/JamesDeanTributePostcard1988GF38.jpg

Tourbillon
Tourbillon
8 years ago
Reply to  cl

And why do you think there are so many anti law enforcement comments? Hint: it is not because only criminals post on this site. The lack of introspection in your comment reflects the same defect in too many cops. A lack of introspection prevents improvement and allows the authoritarian attitudes… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago
Reply to  Tourbillon

Wayne- what the hell good is a fast car if you can’t enjoy it. Inyo County is prefect for fast cars. I say enjoy them.

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Enjoy them all you like. Just prepare to be held responsible for your actions.

Conor
Conor
8 years ago
Reply to  Tourbillon

Something tells me the criminals you paint up in your mind aren’t going to be making comments on sierra wave news articles. Not to mention, speeding isn’t a criminal statute unless it’s a wreckless misdemeanor. Moving violations are infractions, not crimes.