Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Nov. 13 @ 12:51 p.m. / PSA
Caltrans Press Release:
Caltrans District 1, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service in Eureka (NOAA), and the Humboldt Area California Highway Patrol (CHP) remind motorists that fall and winter bring the threat of hail showers to Northwest California. Accumulating hail on roadways can result in very slick driving conditions. In fact, driving on a hail covered road is very similar to driving on a sheet of ice. Motorists can easily lose control of their vehicle resulting in a collision.
In its second year, the “Watch for Hail” campaign will include hail event notifications using social media and news alerts, the display of real-time hail weather event information on Caltrans District 1 highway electronic message signs, and the use of posters with driving tips displayed in public places. Learn more by visiting the “Watch for Hail” web page at: www.dot.ca.gov/dist1/hail/. .
Here are some hail weather event driver’s safety tips:
· Dark clouds ahead signal the potential for hail.
· Slow down and use your seatbelts. Small hail will make roads icy. Keep a constant watch for other vehicles.
· Turn on your headlights. Anytime your windshield wipers are on, your headlights are required to be on – it’s the law.
· Turn off cruise control. This will allow you to better react to sudden weather changes.
· Don’t panic. If you begin to slide on a hail covered roadway, slowly take your foot off the gas pedal. And remember, don’t slam on the brakes or make any sudden steering adjustments.
“Hail storms on the north coast can create extremely hazardous driving conditions,” said CHP Humboldt Area Commander, Captain Adam Jager. “Hail storms have been the cause of far too many traffic collisions that have resulted in injury and lives lost. Our goal by partnering with Caltrans District 1 and the National Weather Service in Eureka in launching this Watch for Hail campaign is to ultimately reduce weather related traffic collisions and ultimately save lives.”
“Hail showers occur most often in the winter and early spring, but can occur in the fall as well,” said Nancy Dean, Meteorologist in Charge, National Weather Service Eureka. “Motorists should be on the lookout for dark, stormy clouds ahead and/or very heavy rainfall. Both can indicate the potential for small hail on the road just ahead.”
“Weather conditions can change quickly on the north coast. Most winter accidents are the result of driving too fast for the conditions. Slow down, use your seat belt and arrive safely to your destination,” said Charlie Fielder, Caltrans District 1 Director.
Kym Kemp / Tuesday, Nov. 5 @ 8 a.m. / PSA
CHP Press Release:
In an effort to reduce the number of fatigue-related collisions and reinforce our mission of saving lives, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) joins the California State Transportation Agency and Office of Traffic Safety in a campaign to remind motorists to stay alert during “Drowsy Driving Prevention Week,” November 3-10, 2013.
“Many people do not understand the dangers associated with driving drowsy,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “This is our opportunity to educate the public on the potential life-threatening consequences of driving while fatigued behind the wheel.”
Drowsiness can impair judgment, reaction time, and a driver’s attention. This annual campaign provides public education about the risks of driving while drowsy and countermeasures to improve safety on the road.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 crashes a year, resulting in 40,000 injuries and contributing to 1,550 deaths.
The American Automobile Association estimates that one out of every six deadly traffic accidents, and one out of eight crashes requiring hospitalization of drivers or passengers is due to drowsy driving. Preliminary data for 2011 from CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System indicates more than 1,600 people lost their lives in collisions where fatigue was a factor on California’s roadways.
“Driving while drowsy or sleep-deprived can be a lethal combination,” said Russia Chavis, Acting Director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “While most people are aware of the dangers of drunk or distracted driving, many don’t realize that sleepiness also slows reaction times, decreases awareness, impairs judgment and increases your risk of crashing, all similar to the effects of driving under the influence of alcohol.”
The following warning signs to indicate that it is time to stop driving and find a safe place to pull over and rest:
- Difficulty focusing, frequent blinking, or heavy eyelids
Difficulty keeping daydreams at bay
Trouble keeping your head up
Drifting from your lane, swerving, tailgating, and/or hitting rumble strips
Inability to clearly remember the last few miles driven
- Missing exits or traffic signs
- Hitting highway rumble strips, the ridged edges to the road meant to jar drivers
Feeling restless, irritable, or aggressive
Drivers who experience any of these drowsy-driving symptoms should stop driving. Drivers who are far from home should use a reset stop, parking lot, or hotel to take a quick nap. Twenty minutes of napping helps clears fatigue. Caffeine can also improve wakefulness.
“Know the signs of fatigue and take the time to rest when you find yourself feeling drowsy,” added Commissioner Farrow. “We want everyone to arrive at their destination safely and remain alert while behind the wheel.”’
CHP recommends planning ahead to reduce the risk of drowsy driving. This starts with ensuring drivers have adequate sleep to maintain proper alertness during the day. Drivers should also schedule route breaks during long trips—every 100 miles or two hours.
For more information on drowsy driving, visit www.drowsydriving.org.
Kym Kemp / Monday, Nov. 4 @ 4:47 p.m. / PSA
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CHP Press Release:
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is actively recruiting for the position of Public Safety Dispatcher for Humboldt County! If you are interested in applying for the position of Public Safety Dispatcher, the CHP is hosting a Public Safety Dispatcher Recruitment Seminar Friday, November 8th, in Eureka. This will give potential applicants an opportunity to learn what is required to become a CHP Public Safety Dispatcher as well as an opportunity to ask questions.
WHO: CHP Humboldt Area
WHAT: Public Safety Dispatcher Recruitment Seminar
WHEN: Friday, November 8th, 2013, 6-8 PM
WHERE: Fire Training Center, 3030 L Street, Eureka (Corner of Harris Street &
Kym Kemp / Monday, Nov. 4 @ 2:38 p.m. / PSA
Caltrans Press Release:
A new public safety media campaign called “Share the Road – Arrive Alive” launches this week, and it features traffic safety tips in a series of six public service announcements produced by Caltrans District 1 through a grant from the Federal Highway Administration.
Filmed in Humboldt County using local actors, the series is aimed at all ages and highlights important topics like distractive driving, children safely crossing busy streets, and bicyclists being visible to motorists at night.
The campaign uses humorous cartoon characters that watch and comment on the behaviors of various motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians from their vantage point as highway sign icons. “Carly,” a car icon, “Walker,” the common icon representing a pedestrian, and “Ryder” the bicycle icon all share tips that will appear on television, on the radio, and on local movie theater screens in Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, and Mendocino Counties.
“The Share the Road – Arrive Alive campaign is a tremendous opportunity to express lifesaving messages to people of all ages. They are creative public service announcements that we hope will be seen by many, many people on the North Coast,” said Caltrans District 1 Director Charlie Fielder.
In addition to the public service announcements, the Share the Road – Arrive Alive campaign also includes a website located at ArriveAliveNow.org, a YouTube channel “ArriveAliveNow,” and educational materials that will be available to classrooms.