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CHP targets Highway 50 in crackdown on unsafe driving

The California Highway Patrol plans to deploy additional officers along Highway 50 from South Lake Tahoe through Sacramento this weekend in a crackdown on unsafe driving.

The zero-tolerance enforcement operation is part of an effort to reduce the number of fatal and injury traffic collisions attributed to aggressive driving, unsafe speed, unsafe passing and improper turning movements, as well as other moving violations, according to a CHP news release. The operation will begin Friday and conclude Sunday.

Statistical data from the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System showed that from January 2010 through May 2013, the more recent month for which figures are available, 2,008 collisions occurred as a result of various speed violations on Highway 50 from South Lake Tahoe through Sacramento, officials said. Those collisions resulted in the deaths of five people and injuries to 968 others.

To assist in the traffic safety effort, the CHP’s Valley Division has received a federally funded grant specifically designated to reduce aggressive driving incidents and enforce speed limits. Additional anti-speed campaigns are are planned between now and Sept. 30, officials said.