Tag: CHP

California Puts Emphasis On Bicycle Safety

Big Bear, CA, May 8th, 2016 – May is National Bike Safety Month, and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is reminding motorists and bicyclists to share responsibility for roadway safety. California’s weather allows bicyclists to enjoy riding many months throughout the year. Although bicycle safety should be practiced every day, the month of May has been set aside to draw awareness to how we can all help minimize bicycle injuries and deaths. “As important as it is for drivers to be mindful of bicyclists, those who ride their bicycles, must exercise safe practices and ride smart,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “With all...

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School Bus Safety Is No Accident

Big Bear, CA October 19, 2015 –  More than one million children ride school buses in California every day. The California Highway Patrol joins the observation of National School Bus Safety Week, October 19-23, to help recognize that school buses are the safest way for children to get to and from school. It takes a collective effort from the public, transportation professionals, government agencies, law enforcement, parents, and children to continue to protect California’s students.  The fact that California has not had a pupil passenger fatality in 20 years is no accident.  The CHP helps protect student safety through its School Bus Program and its school bus inspection program. The School Bus Program includes an array of tests for bus drivers, a criminal investigation, health qualifications, and interviews with CHP officers. The Department of Education and the Department of Motor Vehicles also set standards for bus drivers.  The CHP is responsible for inspecting more than 24,000 school buses each year. California may have the best pupil passenger safety record in the nation, but there is always a need for help from the driving public. When the flashing red lights and stop arm on a school bus are activated, drivers are required by law to stop until the flashing red lights and stop arm have been deactivated. If they can do so safely, people should also report drivers who illegally...

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Maple Lane Closure Today for “Every 15 Minutes” Event

Big Bear City, CA, June 2, 2015 – The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station, California Highway Patrol, and Office of Traffic Safety has partnered with Big Bear High School to present “Every 15 Minutes” on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 2 and 3, 2015. This intense two-day program focuses on high school students, raising awareness about the reality and consequences of drinking and driving, and inspiring students to make informed, smart decisions as they prepare to celebrate prom and graduation. Today, participants will reenact an alcohol-related traffic collision on Maple Lane in front of Big Bear High School. As a result of this event, Maple Lane will be closed between Big Bear Boulevard (SR-38) and Baldwin Lane. The closure will start at 8:00 am and will continue until 12:00 pm. The community is urged to plan ahead and use alternate routes. The multi-casualty collision scenario will involve students from Big Bear High School and first responders from Big Bear Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, and the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station. Additionally, throughout the school day, the Grim Reaper will remove one student from class every 15 minutes and their obituary will be read, representing one more death from an alcohol related traffic collision. The second day (June 3), will consist of an assembly concluding with a challenge to the entire student body to make responsible choices when alcohol is involved and...

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CHP Asks For Safe Holiday Season

Big Bear, CA, December 19, 2014 – With holiday celebrations upon us, the California Highway Patrol is reminding travelers to buckle up, adhere to the posted speed limit, avoid distractions behind the wheel, and always designate a sober driver. The CHP’s Christmas enforcement effort begins Wednesday, December 24, at 6 p.m. and continues through Sunday, December 28. During this period, all available officers will be out on the roadways for enhanced enforcement efforts and assisting motorists wherever needed. “Our intent with the enhanced enforcement efforts during the holiday season is simply to save lives,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “We want everyone to have a happy holiday season this year and ensure nobody is forced to deal with the loss of a loved one.” An anti-DUI effort is aimed at eliminating drunk-driving by educating Californians about the dangers of driving after consuming alcoholic beverages. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 10,000 people are killed annually in America by drunk drivers. “Have a safe, fun, and enjoyable holiday celebration this year,” added Commissioner Farrow. “Just do it responsibly by making the right decisions before you get behind the wheel and always designate a sober...

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CHP Invites New Drivers to Start Smart

Running Springs, CA, November 24, 2014 – The California Highway Patrol will be presenting a Start Smart class for new drivers, at the CHP Arrowhead Office located in Running Springs on Wednesday, November 26th, at 6:00 p.m.. The Start Smart program is a cooperative effort between the CHP, teenagers, and their parents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 68,000 teens have died in car crashes in the last decade. The goal of the class is to help young drivers and their parents understand the responsibilities associated with driving a motor vehicle. The class will also show how...

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