Tag: CHP

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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CHP Offers Start Smart Class

Sacramento, CA, January 9, 2012 – Traffic collisions are the leading cause of death among teenagers across the United States and in California.  Each year, thousands of young drivers and their passengers are killed in collisions. Designed for newly licensed teens and their parents, the CHP offers Start Smart, a two-hour driver safety education class that is conducted throughout the state.  The free program is an interactive driver safety class for teens and their parents.  During the course, officers and speakers illustrate the critical responsibilities of safe driving and collision avoidance techniques.  Parents are also reminded of their responsibility to teach their new driver and model good driving behavior.  Parents and teenagers can sign up for a Start Smart class by contacting their local CHP office. Funding for the program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety...

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