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CHP ready, waiting for speeders on I-15

June 16, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
For California Highway Patrol officers along Interstate 15, it's easy to find drivers going too fast."The sky's the limit with the newer cars, over 100 miles an hour," says Officer Chris McLeod.

It's also easy to hear typical excuses.

"I didn't know what the speed limit was, my cruise control was set on 70 so there was no way I was speeding," says Sgt. John Castro.

But for most drivers, it's going to be easy to get caught.

A new state grant went into effect this month, paying for an additional 2,000 hours of overtime for CHP officers.

In effect, it increases the number of patrol units along the dangerous stretch of highway by 50 percent.

"We're hoping the public slows down on their own," says Sgt. Christopher Delin. "For those who aren't willing to do it, then our officers are going to be out there."

Here's how it works: an officer, a spotter, will use a laser to see how fast drivers are going. Then, he can get on the radio and contact a handful of officers waiting nearby so they can speed into action.

Some may say that this might just be a money-maker for the state, but the CHP says that's not the point.

Even a driver who was caught going too fast says it's not a bad idea.

"I think it's good," says Betty Gavin of Canyon Country. "We've come here a lot and seen a lot of bad accidents, so I think it's a good thing, even though I got caught."


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