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CCPD, DPS Increasing Patrols for Stop Aggressive Driving Campaign

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

If you got stopped by police for speeding on Tuesday, you weren't alone. Nearly 400 motorists received tickets within a six-hour period.

It was part of a special crackdown by the Corpus Christi Police Department and Department of Public Safety.

Kiii News Reporter Brian Burns went Live along SPID with the details of their joint operation.

It's part of the Stop Aggressive Driving campaign, and it's the first time that city police have partnered with the DPS for such a project.

"Between State Highway 358, Interstate 37 and State Highway 286, and also State Highway 181, there's hundreds of miles of interstate in the city and we have accidents on a daily basis," CCPD Captain Mark Gutierrez said.

Seventeen CCPD officers and six state troopers teamed up for the two-day campaign, which began Wednesday morning, and many motorists said it was about time.

"I've been sitting here for awhile now and I just keep on seeing them over and over, and they keep on pulling people over, and I think they're doing a great job," motorist Jessica Dickerson said.

"Save our lives is number one," motorist Bolina Blackwell said. "I really hate these aggressive drivers who don't care about people, about children, about older people."

3News also spoke with one motorists who got a speeding ticket as he was coming over the Harbor Bridge. He said he deserved it.

"I'm from San Antonio, and they do it there, but they do it in certain places that really do need it to happen," motorist Dale Dickerson said. "They're not real good drivers there."

When officers resumed their effort in the afternoon, motorist after motorist were stopped on Highway 181 along North Beach. Some did not like what they were seeing.

"I think it's a waste of money, a waste of time just to control the people, because I don't see many accidents out here right now," motorist Angel Galvan said.

"I can understand that they need to monitor things, but I think it's a little bit of overkill," motorist Michele Tierny said.

The final numbers from the day came in Wednesday afternoon. Officers wrote a total of 379 tickets, most for going at least 10 miles an hour over the speed limit.

The S.A.D. campaign is scheduled to last a few days, and more joint operations will likely be planned in the future.

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