California Highway Patrol officers issued nearly five dozen traffic citations this past weekend on the steep and mountainous Angeles Crest Highway in response to reports of speeding motorcyclists and close-call collisions.
The enforcement campaign yielded citations for speeding, unsafe passing and other violations as California Highway Patrol officers staked out the 66-mile route popular with motorcyclists eager to test their skills on the roadway’s tight curve. Some near-collisions, including skids into oncoming traffic, have been posted on YouTube.
Officers patrolled Angeles Crest Highway by helicopter and on the ground, stopping about 150 cars and motorcycles. In addition to excessive speed and unsafe passing, they issued dozens of warnings and tickets for improperly displayed license plates, non-functioning lights and driving without a license, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Matt Armenta said. Two vehicles were impounded.
The speed limit on the highway between La Cañada Flintridge and Mt. Wilson Road is 45 mph. North of Mt. Wilson Road, it increases to 55 mph. But some sport motorcyclists treat it as their personal race track, Armenta said, adding that CHP officers have registered speeds of 95 mph on radar guns.