Rash of crashes spur CHP crackdown

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A spike in deadly accidents has the California Highway Patrol cracking down on distracted drivers.

Bakersfield CHP officers say there have been 14 fatal accidents on county roads already in 2013.

So, Tuesday the Bakersfield-area CHP conducted a focused enforcement operation. According to the CHP, one hour yielded 34 total citations, including 21 speeding violations and one DUI arrest.

During that enforcement, Eyewitness News photojournalist Johnny Guillen rode in the passenger seat with Officer Carrie Creel.

Creel has been with the CHP for 17 years. She says it's the little mistakes that cause the biggest problems.

"It's just simple little things that people forget to do, unfortunately," the officer says.

She says most accidents are caused by speeding, cellphones or just distracted drivers.

"Can they be prevented? Yes, they can. It's just a matter of being safe, obeying laws and just paying attention," she says.