Jul 24, 2013 8:39 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

Slow down: CHP cracks down on aggressive drivers

California Highway Patrol Officers are out in full force cracking down on aggressive drivers.

The campaign is called RADIATES, which stands for reduce aggressive driving incidents and tactically enforce speed. Its goal is to save lives.

"I have spent my entire career on the road," said CHP Officer Laura Browning, who is part of the campaign.

Her career has spanned over 13 years.

"We are going to go up and take a look at State Route 1. It's a two lane road, so maximum speed is 55," said Browning. "Good morning, the reason I 'm pulling you over is because you were exceeding the maximum speed limit for this particular roadway. Were you aware of how fast you were traveling?"

Officer Browning said she's heard some good excuses for trying to get out of a ticket, but she says she loves her job because she gets to help people.

"No day is ever the same and I love being outside," she said.

For Officer Browning aggressive driving hits home. This past spring she was making a traffic stop on the 101 freeway when "a car came from the freeway and clipped the back of this patrol car when up the dirt embankment and hit a tree and it came around, so I jumped into the back seat."

She walked away with minor injuries and did not miss a day of work.

CHP received grant money to increase patrols. The agency is focusing on people speeding on the 101 freeway, SR-46 and SR-1. Officers said Wednesday these roadways are where most of the accidents happen on the Central Coast.

The Coastal Division of CHP received roughly $100,000 for the aggressive driving enforcement campaign. The money came from the National Highway Safety Administration.

The increased patrols end September 30th.



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