- Associated Press - Friday, December 11, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Law enforcement officials say they are targeting reckless and aggressive drivers with Operation Lilly, an initiative that puts more patrol cars on the streets in the Albuquerque area.

Operation Lilly is named for 4-year-old Lilly Garcia, who was shot and killed on Interstate-40 during a road rage dispute.

Her parents stood with Gov. Susana Martinez and about 40 law enforcement officers Friday as the governor, Mayor Richard Berry and State Police Chief Pete Kassetas announced Operation Lilly.

Kassetas says the multi-agency program involving state police, Albuquerque police and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department is funded by an overtime grant under the state Department of Transportation.

It started Nov. 19 with more officers on patrol to specifically look for vehicles that are speeding, following other cars too closely, racing or changing lanes unsafely.

Billboards have also gone up saying “End Road Rage.”

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