Local law enforcement efforts to crack down on traffic scofflaws are an attempt to make the road safer.
During two separate traffic enforcement campaigns since Saturday, officers pulled dozens of drivers and motorcycle riders over for committing various moving violations that can cause collisions.
On Tuesday, Capitola hosted a BADGES, or Before Aggressive Driving Gets Everyone Stopped, campaign.
During which, 125 traffic citations were written by officers from Capitola, Watsonville, the California Highway Patrol, Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz. The majority of the citations issued were for speed and stop sign violations. Two drivers also were cited for driving with a suspended license and four vehicles were towed during the enforcement period that lasted from 7 a.m. until. 3 p.m.
Meanwhile, last weekend, the CHP enlisted the help of its brethren from other local police agencies, as well as from over the hill, to take Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month out with a bang.
“Santa Cruz area CHP Officers issued 12 motorcycle citations to motorcyclists over the weekend for various violations, bringing the total number of citations issued to motorcyclists over the month of May to 63,” said Officer Hugh Holden, local CHP spokesman.
The number of citations written by the other agencies was not available, Holden said.
Law officers remind people to share the road, respect other users and to drive safe and sober.