Thank You CHP Commander John Tyler! We’ll Miss You!

Although CHP Commander John Tyler hasn't been in the mountains for a long time he made a definite imprint in the local communities. To say he will be missed is an understatement!
Although CHP Commander John Tyler hasn’t been in the mountains for a long time he made a definite imprint in the local communities. To say he will be missed is an understatement! We will miss him and are sorry that he has left our area but he took a position in Barstow. Throughout decades local CHP officers and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department deputies have come and gone but this commander was very special. To say we will miss him is an understatement. He had a great grasp for helping our local communities in many different ways and he made such an effort to get to know many of the communities’ residents in a way that he will definitely be remember as “one of the best of the best” of the local CHP commanders. We wish him well in his new assignment!

CHP Lt. John Tyler Preparing for Transfer to Barstow: We Wish Him Well!

Although CHP Commander John Tyler hasn't been in the mountains for a long time he made a definite imprint in the local communities. To say he will be missed is an understatement!
Although CHP Commander John Tyler hasn’t been in the mountains for a long time he made a definite imprint in the local communities. To say he will be missed is an understatement!

Sadly for the San Bernardino Mountain ,communities California Highway Patrol Arrowhead Area Commander  Lt. John Tyler will be moving on to a new assignment on September 1. In an interview yesterday with the popular commander he told me that his last official day on the job in Running Springs is August 31 although it could be earlier. Another lieutenant will be assigned to the area but whoever is assigned they will have big shoes to fill after Lieutenant Tyler .

As Commander of the Arrowhead Area CHP Tyler came to the mountain areas from the Needles area his transfer to Barstow means he will still be working in the Inland division. He told me that since he came from an assignment in Needles he is experienced in working in the desert communities with dust and sand storms and other challenges. Upon his arrival at his new assignment he will be doing the same job he has been doing for almost a year in the Inland Empire.

The lieutenant began his time in the mountains last January 2 so he has been on the job in the mountain area for nine months.

He told me that while he has enjoyed his time as commander of the local CHP area a vacancy recently opened up in Barstow so he applied for the position and he was hired.

“I came in after the big storm last January and my mission was to give the area a high level of service,” he told me during our recent interview…..and he has done just that! Recognizing some of the issues that mountain residents and visitors experience he has worked with Caltrans and other agencies to improve the level of service to motorists. He added that he has worked on minimizing road closures and keeping roads open for the traveling public as well as local mountain residents. Since last January’s major highway problems the commander said that he has worked to equip all the local CHP  cars with tow straps. “This tool will give officers an extra tool to help clear roadways,” he said.

In addition to the focus on the January snowstorm event he has enjoyed working with the local fire departments to help coordinate efforts. He added that CHP officers were deployed over the July 4 weekend to help traffic issues from both the Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead fireworks shows. He commented that over that national holiday the CHP made adjustments to manage the traffic that they knew they were going to get….and did!

Tyler said that during the recent Lake Fire he was at the command post and he is very grateful to the fire departments that were involved with this fire that could have been so much worse.

On a personal level, while none of us want to see him leave he will soon be taking on new responsibilities. Although this particular CHP Arrowhead Area Commander hasn’t stayed a long time in the local mountain communities he has left great big footprints on the hearts of many residents as well as those he works with at the Arrowhead Area CHP office in Running Springs.

I like to think that as he moves on to a new job, with new responsibilities, he’s only going to Barstow not the moon. Those of us who have seen him in action know it’s a loss to our local mountain communities but hopefully he’ll keep in touch.

 

 

CHP Holding Sobriety Checkpoint July 11 in the Local Mountains

CHP plans DUI/Driver's License checkpoint this weekend. Don't drink and drive (ever!)

The Arrowhead office of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Saturday, July 11 in the unincorporated mountain area of San Bernardino County

The CHP’s goal is to ensure the safe passage of each and every motorist. The checkpoint is a proven effective tool for achieving this goal and it is designated to augment existing CHP patrol operations. Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can expect to be arrested. The objective is to send a clear message to those considering mixing alcohol and/or drugs with driving.

Funding for this checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

CHP Warns Drivers to Designate a “Sober” Driver for Super Bowl Sunday

California_Highway_Patrol_patchThe Super Bowl is one of the most celebrated sporting events in the world. As the most anticipated sporting event of the year, it is an opportunity for family, friends and fans to gather together to celebrate and root for their favorite team. However, the celebration can quickly turn to tragedy when party-goers exercise poor judgment and fail to designate a non-drinking driver.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) joins with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Football League and TEAM (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management) for the “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” campaign, which encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking.

“Drunk driving is an act that is completely preventable,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “all it takes is a little bit of planning to prevent a tragedy. We want Californians to remember that drinking and getting behind the wheel is a choice. If you choose to drive, don’t drive. It’s that simple!”

According to the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, alcohol was involved in nearly 225 collisions on Super Bowl Sunday 2012 (the most recent year that finalized collision data is available). Out of the 225 collisions, eight resulted in deaths and 79 resulted in injuries throughout California.

The CHP will work with law enforcement agencies throughout the state to discourage the public from driving under the influence (DUI) and to try to remove those drivers who are impaired before they injure or kill themselves or others. During the same Super Bowl Sunday in 2012, 422 people were arrested for DUI on California’s roadways by the CHP.

The public is also encouraged to be a team player by calling 9-1-1 if they suspect a drunk driver. Callers should be prepared to provide the vehicle’s description, license plate number, location and direction of travel.

 

 

R.S. Chamber Hosting Community Meeting on Recent Traffic Problems in Town

The Running Springs Area  Chamber of Commerce will host a community meeting on Tuesday evening, January 13 about the recent traffic issues throughout the community that transpired on New Year’s weekend. Several agencies, including Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol and the County of San Bernardino will participate in this 7 p.m. event. It is the opportunity for residents to learn more about some of the decisions and difficulties that occurred over the New Year’s weekend which helped make traffic in the local area come to almost a halt. Everyone is invited to attend this community event to hear from agencies such as the CHP, Caltrans and county officials and to perhaps get ideas on how to mitigate the situation when and if it happens in the future.

During the recent New Year weekend the roads, while they were not closed, received an unbelievable amount of traffic and in many cases, local residents felt trapped in their homes due to the number of vehicles that brought traffic to a complete halt on Hwy. 18. Because the highway was overloaded, some of the side roads were filled with drivers who thought they could get around on those roads and ultimately get into or out of “town”. However sometimes drivers who were already sitting in the clogged highway lanes didn’t want to let them in so that presented some problems as well. Because it was the New Year weekend and schools throughout the state were closed, with the fresh snowfall that fell just before January 1 the highways and the main streets that led to the highway were almost impassable.

As people flooded into town from Hwy. 330 and Hwy. 18 to enjoy the snow  the roads were clogged which resulted in a variety of issues for local residents and some businesses. This situation has happened before but people who need to get out of their homes or businesses always have a very difficult time when this type of situation presents itself. In this particular situation fresh snow had fallen, children were out of school for the Christmas and New Year’s weekends.  While many of our businesses were grateful for the crowds (who in turn spent money in their stores) it was a difficult time for everyone. We who choose to live in the mountains need to remember that it is a choice and fortunately these types of storms (and the accompanying situations such as kids out of school on vacation, fresh snow, etc.) don’t occur very often.

Residents are urged to attend this event to express their thoughts and see what (if anything) the county and state road departments can do to help local residents when the situation repeats itself (as, throughout the years is bound to happen and has happened many times before).

As a decades-long member of the chamber and a very active member of the community, I hope that people will attend to learn about the to situation that caused the problems. I also hope everyone will be “civil” when asking for help, new ideas or any possible help from the county and state. As I said, it has been many years since we’ve had this amount of snow, at holiday time and on a weekend. The challenges that come with it are hard but we need to remember that we live here because we love our communities and the mountains that encompass them. I haven’t ever met anyone who has been forced, on the threat of death, to live in the mountains or other isolated areas like the desert. I am not degrading the stress and difficulties the traffic and other situations put us all in but this type of enormous event hasn’t happened in a very long time (thank goodness). Chamber members hope the event will be a good sounding block for residents, business owners as well as the emergency service agencies that have been invited to attend.

See you at the meeting. Come early. I am presuming it may be “standing room only” so if you want to sit don’t race to Hootman Center at the last second.

 

 

 

 

 

A New Motoring Law You Need to Know About!

"The Line Up"-Five or six of the California Highway Patrol squad cars were lined up along the embankment on the side of the Hwy. 18 station so the parking lot was free to house a small car show and bounce house for the children.
Local CHP vehicles by the Running Springs CHP Office on Hwy. 18 (AKA Hilltop Blvd.)

As each new year rolls around changes can be made to California Highway Patrol laws that affect all motorists and this year, of course, is no exception.

“The mission of the CHP is to save lives and one way is to accomplish this mission is to ensure California drivers are familiar with new laws that have been passed to keep the motoring public safe,” said Josh Ehlers, commander of the Office of Community Outreach and Media Relations in Sacramento.

One of the new laws affects driver license eligibility for undocumented residents. Known as AB (Assembly Bill) 60, this law begins January 2 when the California Department of Motor Vehicles will issue an original driver license to an applicant who is unable to submit satisfactory proof of legal presence in the United States. The applicants are required to provide satisfactory proof of their identity and California residency and they must meet all other qualification for licensure, which include demonstrating a knowledge, skills and ability to have the privilege of driving. This law was adopted during the 2013 legislative year and it does not change the day-to-day operation of the CHP.

For complete information on this and other bills enacted in 2014, log onto the Legislative Counsel Website at: http://www.leg.info.ca.gov.

 

Hwy. 38 Still Closed Due to Overturned Fuel Tanker Accident

DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE!
DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!

Monday, April 29, 2013-Drivers who want to get to Angelus Oaks will have to use Hwy. 330 or State Highway 18 from Lucerne Valley due to the accident that occurred on Friday, April 26 when a fuel tanker filled with gasoline and diesel fuel overturned on State Route 38 below Angelus Oaks.

An estimated 4,000 gallons of fuel spilled onto the roadway at approximately 9:35 a.m. and the surrounding area and as a result, SR 38 remains closed from Angelus Oaks to Camp Cedar Falls.

Hazardous material removal will continue until the area is cleared. The Barton Flats Recreation Area can only be accessed through Big Bear which means that all drivers have to travel on Hwy. 330 through Running Springs and Arrowbear Lake up to Big Bear or take Hwy. 18 from Lucerne Valley.

The incident is being managed by the California Highway Patrol under the unified command with Caltrans and the San Bernardino County Fire Department. Thusfar there is no information on when the highway might be able to reopen.

The CHP suggests that for information on the incident and current conditions log onto: http://www.facebook.com/caltrans8, http://www.quickmap.dot.ca.gov or http://www.caltrans8.info