CHP cracking down on Contra Costa speeders
By Scott Marshall

The Highway Patrol's Contra Costa County-area office will deploy a team for three consecutive Mondays beginning today to stop and cite speeders.

The team will have up to a half-dozen officers, who will focus today on Highway 4. Besides radar, the CHP often uses aircraft to alert officers to speeders.

On March 19, officers will patrol on Highway 24 and on March 26, they will patrol Interstate 680.

Speeding has been such a chronic problem in East County that in 2006, the Pittsburg Superior Court commissioner, Lowell Richards, began suspending licenses -- up to 30 days if drivers were cited for 25 mph or more over the limit.

The CHP cites speed as one of the most dangerous behaviors. Speed is considered to be the No. 1 cause of collisions nationwide, said CHP spokesman Scott Yox.

The "speed teams" will be deployed in addition to normal CHP shifts, Yox said.