CHP continues air stings over U.S. 395; 13 speeding busts over Lee Vining, June Lake

For the second straight weekend, the California High Patrol this past week used aircraft to nab speeders on U.S. 395, this time in a stretch between Lee Vining and June Lake.

According to a news release issued on Monday, Sept. 23, the CHP said it busted 13 speeders and made 16 stops in a 2-hour, 30-minute air operation the previous day.

Officers and pilots in the air coordinated with officers and units on the ground, according to spokesperson Officer Anne Morin, the public information officer of the California Highway Patrol, Bridgeport Area.

It was the second such air sting over the busy north-south thoroughfare in as many weeks.

On Sept. 15, the CHP stopped 19 drivers near Tom’s Place.

Of those, seven got away with verbal warnings, having broken the speed limit by just 10-to-20 miles an hour.

In the latest operation, on Sunday, Sept. 22, patrolmen made a total of 16 “enforcement contacts,” with three resulting in verbal warnings.

The CHP said 12 speeding tickets were issued to drivers traveling between 80 and 89 miles an hour. The speed limit on that stretch of highway is 65 miles an hour.

One other driver got a ticket for a registration violation.

Lt. Ron Cohan, commander of the CHP Bridgeport Area, said in a statement, “In our daily lives we tend to forget the dangers of speeding. … The CHP will continue to use all the tools at its disposal to reduce speeding.”

The aircraft in the operation were part of the CHP’s Inland Division Air Operations Unit, based at Apple Valley Airport in San Bernardino County.