Tag: CHP

SR-18 Accident Victim Identified

Skyforest, CA, October 2, 2012, 11:00am – The man who was killed in a motorcycle accident near Skyforest on Highway 18 has been identified. According to the San Bernardino County Coroner, last Friday evening, when CHP officers arrived on scene they found 55 year old Martin Harding of Running Springs with upper and lower body trauma. He was transported to Mountains Community Hospital where he died of his injuries at 8:38pm. A passenger was transported to an area hospital for treatment. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the...

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New Daylight Headlight Section On SR-18

Crestline, CA, September, 28, 2012, 6am – Caltrans is in the process of installing nine “Daylight Headlight Section” signs at various locations on State Route 18 from Crestline Cutoff to the Big Bear Dam. Caltrans worked in collaboration with the California Highway Patrol to install the new signs, which will enhance safety for mountain drivers who use the two-lane highway. Motorists will benefit from better detection of oncoming vehicles with headlights on during the day. The CHP will have a 30 day grace period while the signs are being installed, but after that, according to CHP Public Information Officer Benjamin Baker, the fine for failure to obey a regulatory sign could be as high as...

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Age Well Drive Smart Class

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 11, 2012, 8am  – The California Highway Patrol is hosting an Age Well Drive Smart class for senior drivers.  Medical advances and better choices are allowing people to live longer more active lifestyles.  As a result California’s older population is now one of the fastest growing driver groups. The Age Well Drive Smart Class will address the following topics: How to tune up your driving skills. Refreshing your knowledge of the rules of the road. Learning about normal, age-related physical changes and how to adjust to them. When it may be time to limit or stop driving. Understanding the alternatives to driving. On Monday September 17, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be presenting an Age Well Drive Smart Class at the MWD building (Municipal Water District) located at 40524 Lakeview Drive in Big Bear Lake, California. There is no cost for attending the class.  Drivers interested in attending the class need to RSVP with CHP Officer Baker, by September 14, 2012 at (909) 867-2791.  Space is limited to the first 25 people, additional classes will be scheduled as...

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Caltrans Asks Motorists To Move Over Or Slow Down Near Work Zones

Sacramento, CA, August 23, 2012, 8:00am – Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and construction industry contractors are calling on all Californians for their help in the ongoing effort to make highway work zones less dangerous for workers by moving over one lane, if it’s safe to do so, or slowing down when passing a maintenance or construction crew or emergency personnel stopped on the side of the freeway. In July alone, six motorists and contracted workers were killed – including three by drunk drivers – and multiple others injured in highway work zones. Caltrans meets regularly with contractors to discuss mutual safety concerns to make work zones safer, and Caltrans and the CHP work together to test the effectiveness of having multiple CHP vehicles in construction zones to monitor driver safety and enforce the speed limit and the Move Over Law. When feasible, Caltrans allows an extra buffer lane between workers and vehicles in specific construction zones, so that workers previously separated only by orange cones have more space between themselves and oncoming vehicles. Highway construction and maintenance work is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. Since the 1920s, 178 Caltrans employees have died while on the...

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Motorcyclist Killed In Crash Near Baldwin Lake

Big Bear City, CA, August 20, 2012, noon – A 32-year-old citizen of Great Britain was killed in a traffic accident late Friday afternoon, August 17, 2012. Ian Anthony Ferguson, was operating a rented motorcycle, traveling on State Route 18 in the Baldwin Lake area. His motorcycle drifted into the oncoming lane and collided with a small pick-up truck. The collision was reported by a witness, and when emergency medical services from Big Bear City Fire arrived at the scene they confirmed that Ferguson was dead. The incident is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. The British Consulate has been notified and they’re attempting to contact Ferguson’s next-of-kin in England. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31647.mp3|titles=Fatal Motorcycle Accident – Mike Evans...

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