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17 year old Jailed following pursuit

Sunday pursuit ends in crash, arrest

A 17-year old Bishop boy was taken to jail Sunday following a vehicle pursuit that ended with a crash near the Mt. Whitney fish hatchery.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the Bishop police department took a stolen vehicle report just prior to 3pm Sunday.  The vehicle, a 2004 Toyota Corolla was reportedly stolen from the Bishop Union High School parking lot.  Just after 3pm, the Inyo County Sheriffs department reported they had located the vehicle being driven in Big Pine.  The report notes that the vehicle traveled southbound on highway 395.  Near fish spring road the CHP and Inyo County deputies attempted to make an enforcement stop, however the vehicle failed to yield continuing southbound, “in a reckless manner.”

According to the highway patrols reports, “spike strips were deployed to end the pursuit and the driver made a sudden turn in an attempt to avoid driving over the spike strips.”  The vehicle overturned several times.  The 17-year old juvenile suffered minor injuries, and was transported to Southern Inyo Hospital.  The highway patrol indicates the driver was then arrested for Felony Auto Theft, Felony Eluding, Driving under the Influence, and driving without a valid drivers license.  The juvenile was taken to the Inyo County Juvenile Detention Center.

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Traffic Delays On 395 at Mono Lake

Big Rig Accident Clean up causing delays

Traffic Delays were experienced Wednesday on highway 395 just north of Lee Vining at Mono Lake.   A accident Wednesday morning just after 5 am resulted in a big rig trailer overturning.  There were no injuries reported.  CHP, and cal-trans were on scene working to clean up an overturned big rig trailer.   The accident scene is 1 mile north of the community of Lee Vining near picnic grounds road.  That portion of highway 395 is only 2 lanes.  The trailer was blocking the northbound lane and a portion of the the southbound lane. Traffic is being escorted around the trailer, however full closures and delays should be anticipated. There were no injuries in the collision.

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CHP Maximum Enforcement Period

CHP Maximum Enforcement Period

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – With holiday celebrations upon us, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is preparing for this heavily-traveled time of year by educating the motoring public about safety on our roadways. As part of its upcoming Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) the CHP is reminding travelers to buckle up, adhere to the posted speed limit, avoid distractions behind the wheel, and always designate a sober driver.
The CHP’s Christmas MEP enforcement effort begins Wednesday, December 24, 2014, at 6 p.m. and continues through Sunday, December 28, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. During this period, all available officers will be out on the roadways for enhanced enforcement efforts and assisting motorists wherever needed.
“Our intent with the enhanced enforcement efforts during the holiday season is simply to save lives,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “We want everyone to have a happy holiday season this year and ensure nobody is forced to deal with the loss of a loved one.”
An anti-DUI effort is aimed at eliminating drunk-driving by educating Californians about the dangers of driving after consuming alcoholic beverages. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 10,000 people are killed annually in America by drunk drivers. In December 2012 alone, 830 people died as a result of a collision caused by an impaired driver. This year, the CHP hopes to eliminate the added danger of intoxicated drivers on our roadways.
During the 30 hours of last year’s Christmas holiday MEP, five people were killed in traffic collisions. Among those killed were two pedestrians, one motorcyclist, and two vehicle occupants who were not wearing seat belts. The CHP made 221 arrests for driving under the influence during the same 30-hour timeframe.
“Have a safe, fun, and enjoyable holiday celebration this year,” added Commissioner Farrow. “Just do it responsibly by making the right and responsible decision before you get behind the wheel and always designate a sober driver.”

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Caltrans winter weather tips

Winter weather is not predictable – Be Prepared

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Department of Highway Patrol (CHP) want you to get where you’re going safely this winter. The following are some driving tips that will help you prepare for winter driving conditions:

Winterize your car – Check your brakes, windshield wipers, exhaust system and heater/defroster to make sure they are in good working condition. Check your radiator fluid level and add antifreeze/coolant as needed. Replace wiper blades if needed. Add a winter formula windshield wiper fluid. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and the tread is in good condition.

Check road conditions frequently –During Storms, call 1-800 ROAD (7623).

Carry in your car – a flashlight with extra batteries, blanket, extra clothing, water and snacks, towel, gloves, ice scraper/deicer, shovel, small broom, spare key, sand/kitty litter.

Allow enough time – Slow down.

Don’t panic – If you begin to slide while driving on snow or ice, slowly take your foot off the gas pedal and steer your vehicle in the direction you wish to travel. If you must use brakes and your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS), apply firm steady pressure. If you do not have ABS brakes gently pump the brake pedal. Do not allow the brakes to lock up.

Black Ice –Black ice is nearly invisible. The temperature doesn’t have to be below freezing in order for ice to form on road surfaces. Ice can form, especially when it’s windy, when the air temperature drops below 40 degrees. Low or shaded areas surrounded by landscaping or with a nearby source of water, such as bridges and underpasses, can have icy spots.

Be observant – Do not pass snow removal equipment unless the operator directs you to.

Stay with your vehicle – If you become stranded stay with your vehicle. Conserve fuel while maintaining warmth and be aware of possible exhaust or carbon monoxide problems.

Chains – All vehicles, including those with four-wheel drive and snow tires are required to carry chains when traveling in areas that have chain control. Make sure they are the correct size for your tires and in proper working order. Chains must be installed on drive wheels. Know if your vehicle has front or rear wheel drive. Cable chains are acceptable, but may not provide as much traction as traditional chains. The speed limit when chains are required is 25, 30, or 35 MPH: it is posted and enforced. Chain installers may be available to help install your chains. They are not Caltrans employees. They are independent business people who are licensed to install chains. If you choose to use their services ask for a receipt that includes the installer’s badge number. Chain installers are not allowed to sell or rent chains. When removing chains or installing chains, drive beyond the signs reading “Chain Control/End Chain Control.” Pull over out of the lanes of traffic.

Chain Control Information
R-1 – Chains or snow tread tires with a tread depth of 6/32” and a “M&S”, “MS”, “M+S”, or “M/S” imprint on the tire’s sidewall.
R-2 – Chains required on all vehicles except four-wheel or all-wheel drives with snow tread tires on all four wheels. Engage the four-wheel drive in the 4-high.
R-3 – Chains required on all vehicles; no exceptions.

Tires – To find out if your tire tread depth is at least 6/32”, place a quarter into several tread grooves across a tire. With George Washington’s head upright, if the bottom of his neck completely disappears, your tread depth is at least 6/32”. If you can see any part of the bottom of George Washington’s neck, your tread depth is at or below 6/32” and should be checked. Remember to check to make sure the tires have the imprint “M&S”, “MS”, “M+S”, or “M/S” which indicate the tire is rated for mud/snow conditions. You may also see the mountain snowflake symbol on the tire.

High winds and blowing snow often cause zero visibility conditions. To protect travelers, the CHP may close the road temporarily until conditions improve. During winter storms spinouts and accidents happen closing the highway. Heavily traveled routes are particularly vulnerable to such closures. Caltrans may meter traffic during the storm, letting fewer vehicles into the area reducing congestion and giving motorists the option of turning around and waiting out the delay in a warm place.

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