Santa Cruz, CA…The BADGES (Before Aggressive Driving Gets Everyone Stopped) program in Santa Cruz County is a cooperative traffic safety effort amongst several law enforcement agencies throughout the county. Each month, a location and enforcement focus are chosen by one of the participating agencies, and the partner agencies assist in that focus area.
This month was CHP’s turn to host BADGES. Officers from Capitola Police Department, Scotts Valley Police Department, and Santa Cruz Police Department assisted CHP Officers in writing 61 citations. Officers wrote citations for speeding, violating right-of-way, red light violations, distracted driving, failing to wear seatbelt and other violations. The officers focused on Hwy 1 in south county and unincorporated areas of mid-county.
Collisions on Hwy 1, south of Freedom Blvd are up 18% over the 5-year average. The CHP would like to remind motorists to slow down, avoid following too closely and look before making lane changes – especially as we enter the wet weather months.
CHP thanks our allied agencies for assisting us in keeping our roadways safe.