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CHP targets aggressive motorists
CHP HOV traffic stop

The California Highway Patrol will be conducting a crackdown on aggressive drivers traveling along Highway 99 beginning Friday.

The CHP’s Central Division will be utilizing a federally-funded grant to curb aggressive driving and speeding. The increased efforts will continue through Sept. 30, and the officers will be looking for violations of speed, unsafe passing, following too close, improper turning, seat belt infractions, and distracted driving.

Highway 99 between Modesto and the Los Angeles county line has seen 1,215 traffic collisions between January 2012 and May 2013 that resulted in 74 fatalities and 519 injuries, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. From Jan. 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2013, CHP officers issued 55,632 citations for speed across the 300 mile stretch.

“The California Highway Patrol takes a proactive approach in keeping our roadways safe,” said Central Division Chief Jim Abrames. “The Reduce Aggressive Driving Incidents and Tactically Enforce Speed grant allows our dedicated highway patrol officers to enhance highway safety by addressing speed, unsafe turning movement and other collision causing violations through education and enforcement.”