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IE News: Reckless Chase

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Photo Courtesy of Murrieta Police Department

Photo Courtesy of Murrieta Police Department

MurrietaThe California Highway Patrol (CHP) attempted a traffic stop on June 1, observing a silver Nissan Versa traveling southbound on I-215 with speeds of up to 80 mph. The suspect was later identified as David Brown, 25-years-old, and resident of San Bernardino.

As the driver of the Nissan Versa was exiting Murrieta Hot Springs Road, he failed to yield and accelerated, driving erratically and performing several illegal maneuvers in attempt to elude the CHP Sergeant. The driver then started traveling the opposite way on Murrieta Hot Springs Road.

CHP sergeant lost sight of the vehicle after it pulled into a business parking lot on the corner of Murrieta Hot Springs Road and Alta Murrieta Drive.

Together, the CHP and Murrieta Police Department units pursued the Nissan Versa as the driver continued driving in a reckless manner. The suspect entered a dead end area, making a U-turn in attempt to continuing fleeing officers. CHP utilized legal intervention to terminate the pursuit for driving and safety concerns of the community.

The vehicle became disabled, Brown was taken into custody and booked at Southwest Detention Facility for two counts of felony evading, two no bail warrants for possession of a stolen vehicle and violation of probation.

 

Traffic Safety Tips For Thanksgiving Weekend

Courtesy of the California Highway Patrol

Southern California- Nearly 42 million Americans will take a holiday road trip this Thanksgiving (AAA). Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally one of the busiest travel times in America, can also be one of the deadliest.

In 2014, over the Thanksgiving weekend, 45 people died in collisions on California roadways – a 36 percent increase from the same period in 2013. In addition, the CHP arrested almost 1,000 people for driving under the influence.

The California Highway Patrol will have all available officers on patrol during a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) to help avoid tragedies for California motorists. The MEP will begin Wednesday, November 25, at 6 p.m. and continue through Sunday, November 29, at 11:59 p.m.

Here are some tips to help you arrive safely to your destination:

Anything that diverts your eyes or attention from the roadway, even for 1-2 seconds, could result in tragedy. Stay off your phone!

The law is explicit: Driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or more is illegal, but even with a lower BAC a driver may be a hazard and taken to jail.

Prepare for potential inclement weather by leaving early, allowing plenty of time to get your destination. If you’re heading to mountain country or anywhere you may encounter snow, bring chains, a chain tightener tool, and warm waterproof clothing.

Other items which may prove useful: flares, flashlight and strong batteries, small shovel, windshield scraper, blankets, drinking water and snacks.

Check in advance for road conditions by calling: 1-800-427-7623 or go to http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) urges “Buckle Up America – Every Trip. Every Time.” Nationwide, more than half the drivers and passengers killed in crashes are not wearing seat belts. The NHTSA estimates that nationally, seat belts saved the lives of 12,854 passenger vehicle occupants in 2013.

“Having a safe Thanksgiving drive this year—and being here to enjoy next Thanksgiving—can be as simple as buckling up,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said.

From the California Highway Patrol, Southern Division, we wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

CHP Receives Federal Funding to Improve Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety

Courtesy of CHP
SACRAMENTO – The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has received a federal grant to improve the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists throughout California. The grant furthers the Department’s mission to help save lives, with a focus on the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.
“We are asking drivers to be courteous and alert to pedestrians and bicyclists on the roadways,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said. “This grant will help us increase traffic safety by providing more education for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.”
California has seen an increase in the number of traffic-related pedestrian and bicyclist collisions. The most recent data from the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System reveals 752 pedestrians and 164 bicyclists were killed in collisions statewide in 2013, a 6.6 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities and a 10.6 percent increase in bicyclist fatalities from the previous year.
The California Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Enforcement and Education Project III grant runs from October 1, 2015, through September 30, 2016. During this 12-month statewide campaign, CHP officers will use pedestrian and bicyclist collision information to enhance enforcement and public education campaigns. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The CHP’s enforcement efforts will include California’s 3-Feet for Safety law, which requires drivers to keep a minimum distance of three feet between any part of a motor vehicle and a bicycle.
The CHP’s educational efforts will include presentations that promote safe pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorist behavior; bike rodeos; and distributing pedestrian and bicycle safety materials.

CHP’s Holiday DUI Statistics

Staff Reports

California – The holidays are cause for celebration, and sometimes the celebration that involves alcohol consummation can go too far.

In an effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries over the 2015 New Year’s Holiday, a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) was conducted beginning at 6 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 31, and continued through 11:59 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 4. During this MEP period, all available CHP Officer were on patrol.

The MEP results for this past holiday weekend were, unfortunately, significantly increased over last year. 28 people were killed in collisions statewide (more than double over last year); and 1,158 DUI arrests were made by CHP Officers statewide (triple over last year). In Los Angeles County alone, six people were killed and 236 DUI arrests were made (only one person was killed and 104 were arrested for DUI last year).

CHP’s goal is to reduce the amount of roadway deaths, and they strive to educate the motoring public that the use of safety belts saves lives, and driving under the influence is never a good idea. The results can be deadly.

Drinkinganddriving.org wants to help educate you and remind you about the dangers of driving under the influence.

Follow these tips:
• Know the truth about blood alcohol levels and how drinking affects your actions.
• Know yourself (what’s at risk?).
• Think about the “3 Fs” – Family, Friends, and Future (who will your actions affect?).
• Understand what a costly mistake underage drinking is.
If you plan on drinking:
• Get a ride;
• Get a room;
• Appoint a Designated Driver
If you are offering drinks:
• Be an excellent party planner and be accountable for what (and to whom) you serve;
• Don’t be afraid to confiscate car keys, offer a room or couch, or call a taxi for those that overdo it;
• Stop serving alcohol well before your guests are expected to leave.
Have a Happy New Year, but don’t become a statistic. Don’t drink and drive!

NORCO: Life Saving Click It or Ticket Mobilization Begins in Norco

RIVERSIDE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE

Norco, CA – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department / Jurupa Valley Station / Norco Office wants to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket. In order to enforce this reminder, beginning today Monday, May 19th, deputies will be joining in the 2014 national seat belt enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted.

Even with a seatbelt usage rate of 97.4 percent, California still has 800,000 or more who aren’t buckling up. In a crash, they stand a 50 percent greater chance of being killed than those who have taken the two seconds to buckle in. In an ongoing effort to reach those remaining safety hold-outs, police, sheriff and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) departments across the state will be taking part in Click It or Ticket from May 19 through June 1.

“Our roadways will be packed with motorists this Memorial Day weekend as people travel to spend time with family and friends. We want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safely,” said Lieutenant Daniel Hedge. “Take a few extra seconds and put your seatbelt on to ensure your safety.”

According to new data released from the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatalities are up nationwide for the first time in five years. In 2012, 10,335 people who were killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing their seat belts. NHTSA data also details how more traffic vehicle deaths occur at night. In 2012, 61 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed during the nighttime hours of 6:00 p.m. – 5:59 a.m. were not wearing their seat belts.

“Wearing a seat belt is one of the easiest and best things you can do to protect yourself in the event of a car crash,” said Rhonda Craft, Director of the California Office of Traffics Safety. “Taking a few moments to properly secure yourself and all your passengers before going on your way could mean the difference between life and death.”

The cost for a seat belt violation in California for unbuckled vehicle occupants over age 16 is a minimum of $161 for a first offense. The penalty fees for failing to properly buckle up any child under the age of 16 is a minimum $490 per child for a first offense, plus a violation point will be added to the driver’s record. If the parent is not in the car, the driver gets the ticket.

For more traffic safety information, visit the California Office of Traffic Safety at http://www.ots.ca.gov or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Click It or Ticket mobilization, http://www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.