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CHP to target reckless motorcyclists on Angeles Crest Highway

July 27, 2011 |  7:16 am

The California Highway Patrol plans a crackdown Saturday on dangerous driving by motorcyclists on Angeles Crest Highway.

Since the winding mountain highway reopened after extensive reconstruction, motorcyclists have posted videos on the Internet of near-misses, including one on YouTube, above, in which a rider veers into oncoming traffic and into the opposite shoulder, according to the Glendale News-Press.

The crackdown is coming after a series of fatal collisions involving motorcyclists. Between 2007 and 2009, there were 10 fatalities and 195 injuries involving motorcycles on the highway, according to the CHP.

State transportation officials launched an investigation earlier this summer into the deaths of three motorists in separate collisions within weeks of the reopening of the lower portion of Angeles Crest Highway in June.

Much of the investigation involves evaluating speed, location, vehicle type, weather and road conditions.

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