CHP COLLECTING TOYS

The Morongo Basin station of the California Highway Patrol is collecting toys for its CHiPs 4 Kids Toy Drive. Toys can be brought to the CHP station in Joshua Tree anytime during business hours. For more information about the CHiPs 4 Kids Toy Drive, call Officer Joan Griffin at 760-366-3707.

LOCAL CHP OFFICE COLLECTING TOYS

The California Highway Patrol will be collecting toys for local needy children during its CHiPs for Kids Toy Drives. New, unwrapped toys can be brought to the CHP office in Joshua Tree anytime during business hours. Call CHP Officer Joan Griffin for more information at 760-366-3707.

CHP ON MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT FOR THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND

The extended Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel periods of the year. According to the California Highway Patrol, 33 people were killed on state roads last year during the Thanksgiving holiday, down from 44 in 2012. Most of the people killed in 2013—88 percent—were not wearing their seatbelt

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CHP DOES SURPRISE INSPECTION OF JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TOUR BUSSES

The California Highway Patrol held an unannounced inspection of all commercial tour buses going in to Joshua Tree National Park Friday, September 19. The inspection was to ensure visitor safety, reducing chances of crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving tour buses bringing passengers into the park. Inspections are designed to determine

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CHP OFFERS FREE TEEN DRIVER CLASS THIS SATURDAY

The Local California Highway Patrol station is offering free Teen Driver classes. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to sign up for this Saturday’s class…

The California Highway Patrol will be offering a free teen driver class on Saturday, September 20, starting at 10 a.m. The goal of this course

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CHP START SMART CLASS TOMORROW

New drivers are urged to take part in the California Highway Patrol’s “Start Smart” classes. Managing editor Tami Roleff says one will be held tomorrow… The Morongo Basin CHP is offering another free Start Smart class for teen drivers and new drivers. These classes provide valuable safety information, and classroom

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NEW STATE BICYCLE LAW KICKS IN NEXT WEEK

Starting Tuesday, a new state law will kick in to benefit the safety of bicyclists. Reporter Taylor Thacker explains… With children heading back to school, motorists should expect to see more children riding to and from school on their bicycles. The California Highway Patrol would like to remind the public

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DETAILS OF SATURDAY’S DOUBLE FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH

The California Highway Patrol has released more information about the fatal motorcycle crash on the Morongo Grade Saturday evening that shut down Highway 62 for three hours. About 7:25 p.m., Lorne Powers, 62, of Joshua Tree, was riding his 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound, just north of the traffic signal

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CHP MOVES CHECKPOINT, THREE ARRESTED

Last week the California Highway Patrol announced it would hold a DUI checkpoint Saturday, August 16, at some undisclosed location in Joshua Tree. However, the CHP said that due to “logistics,” the DUI checkpoint was held in Morongo Valley instead, its “secondary location.” During the checkpoint’s hours of 8:30 p.m.

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CHP OFFER TIPS TO AVOID CAR THEFT

Vehicle theft is still a major problem for the California Highway Patrol. Reporter Cara Conway offers these suggestions from the CHP to protect your car or truck from theft… The CHP reported that 2013 vehicle thefts have declined by 2 percent in the state of California; however, 171,000 thefts were

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CHP ON MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND

The local CHP station will join law enforcement throughout the region with a maximum enforcement effort over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Reporter Diana Jones says DUI and speeders will be targeted… Many Morongo Basin residents will celebrate Independence Day this weekend with outdoor barbecues, picnics, and social gatherings.

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THE CHP SAYS PREPARE YOUR CAR FOR THE HOT WEATHER

That car fire in Morongo Valley reminds us that hot weather can take its toll on your vehicle. CHP Officer Joan Griffin offers these suggestions to prepare your vehicle…

The warm temperatures and summer travel put extra demands on both vehicles and drivers. Before any travel, check your vehicle’s radiator

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TWO PEOPLE HOSPITALIZED AFTER MORONGO VALLEY CRASH

Two people were hospitalized after a traffic collision in Morongo Valley last night. About 11:15 p.m. a vehicle traveling westbound on the highway and a vehicle pulling out of the Valero gas station were in a T-bone collision. A man and a woman in the van were taken to Desert

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PEDESTRIANS CITED AFTER THEY CAUSE CRASH IN JOSHUA TREE SATURDAY

Two pedestrians were cited after a two-vehicle crash in Joshua Tree Saturday evening. Shortly before 6 p.m., the female pedestrians were standing in the center lane of Highway 62 southbound at El Reposo, waiting to cross the highway. Hernan Mendoza, 20, of Spokane, Washington, driving a white 2007 Mazda, thought

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CHP ISSUES TICKETS FOR CELLPHONE USE IN SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT

Almost 100 drivers were ticketed in the Morongo Basin for handheld cell phone talking or texting during Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, according to Officer Joan Griffin of the California Highway Patrol. The 95 citations written by Morongo Basin CHP officers were less than half of the number of

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CHP OFFERS FREE CHILD SAFETY SEAT CHECK UP TOMORROW

Parents with children in their cars want to be sure their child is safe. The local CHP will be giving a free child safety seat checkup tomorrow. Reporter Sara Snyder tells you when and where… The California Highway Patrol will hold a Child Safety Seat Check-Up on Tuesday, June 10.

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LOCAL CHP OFFICER GETS CALIFORNIA HERO AWARD

A Morongo Basin CHP officer received an award Saturday in Sacramento from the California Chapter of Mothers against Drunk Driving. Officer Jake Griffith of Yucca Valley was honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his outstanding work as a drug recognition expert, or DRE. A drug recognition expert, by examining

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CHP ON MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

It’s that time of year again. More drivers on the road for the Memorial Day weekend means the California Highway Patrol will conduct a maximum enforcement period. From 6 p.m. Friday, May 23 through midnight Monday, May 26, CHP officers will be out in force, enforcing speed limit laws, click-it-or-ticket,

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JOSHUA TREE CRASH SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL, SHUTS DOWN HIGHWAY

Two people suffered minor injuries in a crash that shut down eastbound Highway 62 last night. About 10:09, a mini-van and a car crashed on the highway near El Reposo in Joshua Tree. The female driver of the car received minor injuries and was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center. The

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DRIVING CLASSES FOR SENIORS SCHEDULED

A special driving class for seniors is being offered by the CHP in 29 Palms. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to sign up… Morongo Basin Area drivers age 65 and older are invited to attend one of the upcoming Age Well, Drive Smart classes offered by the California Highway

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