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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CHP TO OFFER “START SMART DRIVING” CLASS TOMORROW

The CHP will offer a free “Start Smart” class tomorrow evening. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to enroll…..

Teen drivers are at great risk of collisions, but with the proper amount of control and focus, tragedies can be avoided. The Morongo Basin Area of the California Highway Patrol will

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CHP URGES MOTORCYCLE SAFETY TRAINING CLASSES

Fatal collisions involving motorcyclists have been increasing in California over the past few years. In an effort to change this disturbing trend, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) are hoping to save lives through a month-long motorcycle safety and awareness campaign during May. With motorcycle

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HOW TO DRIVE SAFELY AROUND MOTORCYCLES

Reducing the number of motorcycle-involved collisions goes beyond training and prevention on the part of the motorcyclists. According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, more than half of all fatal motorcycle collisions involve another vehicle. In addition, SWITRS data indicates on average, more than one quarter of fatal motorcycle-involved collisions occur

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CHP OFFERS SAFETY TIPS FOR MOTORCYCLE RIDERS

Motorcycles are fun to ride, but there are dangers to riding down the highway at 65 miles per hour. Four people were killed in the Morongo Basin and surrounding area in April while riding motorcycles. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. With a tip on how to ride safely is

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CHP WILL MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD’S SAFETY SEAT IS PUT IN PROPERLY

Thousands of children are injured or killed every year by safety seats that are improperly fastened by parents or caretakers. Remember, most collisions occur within a mile of the home, so buckle your child in a safety seat for every trip, no matter how short. Not sure if your child’s

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CHP LOOKING FOR HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER WHO HIT BICYCLIST IN JOSHUA TREE

The California Highway Patrol is searching for a driver who hit a bicyclist in downtown Joshua Tree and then fled the scene. According to the CHP, Johnathan Cozart, 22, of Joshua Tree was riding his bicycle northbound on Park Boulevard at 5:07 p.m. Wednesday. As Cozart entered the intersection of

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DETAILS ON 4-VEHICLE CRASH SATURDAY NIGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY

The California Highway Patrol has released the identities of those involved in a four-vehicle crash in Yucca Valley Saturday night. At 8:59 p.m., Alan Boggs, 67, of Joshua Tree, was driving his 2014 Ford Mustang westbound on Highway 62 when he drove through a red light at Yucca Mesa Road

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