Tag: CHP

Teens: Beat the Stats by Starting Smart

Running Springs, CA, March 21, 2014 – A poor decision behind the wheel can take lives in an instant. In fact, car accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans aged 15 to 20. The California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Start Smart program is an effort to help young drivers and their parents understand the responsibilities of driving a motor vehicle. CHP officers will be present the next Start Smart Class April 24th at 6:00 p.m. at their Arrowhead Office (31230 State Route 18 Running Springs, CA 92382). Parents and new drivers can attend for free, but they need to RSVP by April 23rd at (909) 867-2791. Space is limited to the first 25 students and parents; additional classes will be scheduled as...

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Walgreens and Kmart Host Toy Drive

Big Bear Lake, CA, December 12, 2013 – For the past 25 years, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has run an annual CHiPs for Kids toy drive to benefit children hospitalized during the holidays. This year, the CHP has put collection boxes for new, unwrapped toys at two Big Bear locations: Walgreens (42107 Big Bear Blvd) and Kmart (42126 Big Bear Blvd.). The dropoff boxes will be there through December 24th.    ...

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Driver Dies on Highway 38

Angelus Oaks, CA, November 26, 2013 – A 33-year-old Big Bear City resident lost his life Monday after losing control on a winding mountain highway. Shortly before 2:00 p.m. on November 25, CHP officers responded to a call of a vehicle over the side on State Route 38 just east of Angelus Oaks. According to the collision report, Kevin Anthony Genders was negotiating a left curve when he allowed his vehicle to veer approximately 50 feet off the right side of the roadway into a drainage culvert  His vehicle came to rest on its wheels near Cold Creek. Genders was pronounced dead at the scene; the cause of the collision and cause of death remain under...

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Watch Out For Wildlife!

San Bernardino National Forest, September 17, 2013 – Many mountain residents have heard of drivers accidentally hitting deer or bears on local highways, but here are some startling statistics: In 2010, there were over 1,800 wildlife-vehicle collisions statewide, causing approximately $1 billion in property damage (per the California Highway Patrol). Nationally, an estimated 1.5 million animals are hit annually, causing over 200 human fatalities, according to Defenders of Wildlife. “Watch Out for Wildlife Week” runs through September 22, and is promoted by Caltrans, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and the Road Ecology Center at the University of California, Davis, in an effort to improve safety for travelers and wildlife alike. Craig Stowers, CDFW’s Deer Program Coordinator, points out, “Many deaths, injuries, and costly vehicle repairs could be avoided if drivers would just pay more attention, be aware of when animals are most active and be prepared to react safely if an animal moves onto the road.” Caltrans and CDFW offer a few tips for motorists: Be particularly alert when driving in wildlife areas. If you see an animal cross the road, know that another may be following. Don’t litter. It could entice animals to venture onto the road....

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CHP sets up sobriety checkpoint

Big Bear Lake, CA, May 4, 2013 – The Arrowhead office of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be conducting a sobriety/driver license checkpoint on Saturday, May 4 in the  San Bernardino Mountains. The CHP has found sobriety checkpoints to be an effective tool for ensuring safe travel. The operations augment existing patrols and usually result in arrests for those drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Saturday’s local check point will be operated from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00...

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