Extra CHP Units Patrolling US-395 Starting Feb. 27

Simone Graham – Editor: Last year seemed to be epic for car accidents and fatalities on Highway 395.  This new detail is a good thing for everyone whether you drive the highway everyday or take it for a vacation trip once in awhile. It is frustrating to get behind the semi trucks when 395 is only two lanes; they are difficult to see around and hard to pass. CHP patrols are zeroing in on”primary collision factors” as described below. Here is a reminder of types of distracted driving that also cause accidents. Ladies, add applying makeup while driving to this list.

  • Generally distracted or “lost in thought” (daydreaming)
  • Cell phone use (talking, listening, dialing, texting)
  • Outside person, object or event, such as rubbernecking
  • Other occupants (talking with or looking at other people in car)
  • Using or reaching for device brought into vehicle, such as navigational device, headphones
  • Adjusting audio or climate controls
  • Using other device/controls integral to vehicle, such as adjusting rear view mirrors, seats, or using OEM navigation system
  • Moving object in vehicle, such as pet or insect
  • Smoking related (includes smoking, lighting up, putting ashes in ashtray)

MOJAVE CHP – This next week we will be conducting a couple enforcement details in various parts of the Mojave area.

The most prominent detail will be on US-395 where we are working with CHP – Barstow and CHP – Victorville. On Wednesday February 27th, CHP Mojave, CHP Barstow, and CHP Victorville will have extra units patrolling US-395 through each offices respective areas.

We will each be conducting heavy enforcement of all violations, but with a focus on “primary collision factors” (speed, unsafe passing, passing over double yellow lines, following to close, yielding to oncoming traffic, and more) and “seatbelt compliance” (including drivers, passengers, child safety seats and more).

We will be utilizing several types of vehicles to conduct this level of enforcement. Look for black and white or all white Ford Explorers, Dodge Chargers, commercial enforcement trucks, motorcycles, aircraft and possibly a couple unmarked vehicles.

Follow us here  (CHP Mojave Facebook) and we’ll keep you updated and hopefully share photos of next week’s events. We look forward to the details and are thankful for the warmer weather and clear skies.

Please slow down, buckle up, put down the phone, and enjoy the drive. Be kind to everyone else on the road.

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