With the wild weather finally taking a break here in California, we wanted to share some pictures from all over the state. We want to thank all of the agencies that helped keep the roads safe and all of our travelers for their patience during the chaos. Caltrans HQ
Today, we honor Officer Elber D. Warren. On January 24, 1931, Officer Warren was on routine patrol when his motorcycle collided with an automobile. Officer Warren died from his injuries.
Today, we honor Officer Camile E. Madere. On January 24, 1958, Officer Madere was patrolling on his motorcycle through the city of Stanton. Officer Madere was about to overtake and pass another vehicle when a tractor and semi-trailer pulled out of a driveway into the path of the officer and the vehicle he was going to pass. Both the patrolman and the motorist applied brakes in an attempt to...
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Today, we honor State Police Sergeant Elias S. Enriquez. On January 23, 1974, Sergeant Enriquez was patrolling the California Aqueduct in the afternoon when he apparently slipped, fell into the canal and drowned. Investigators believe he was walking along the concrete lining of the canal and wrapping illegal fishing line around his hand that he retrieved from the canal when he fell into the water.
We receive pictures all the time, but this one takes the cake.

The crew of the U-2S Dragon Lady recently had a friend of theirs graduate from our Academy and they showed their support by flying our patch 70,000 feet above Afghanistan during their most recent flight. The CHP has a long history of support for the U2, for example, back in the 1980’s we used our SSP Mustangs to help them land....
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With most of the state experiencing extreme weather this week, please use caution and be prepared. CHP - Valley Division Air Operations shows off the capabilities of their fixed wing aircraft and camera. If you haven't liked their new page yet, check them out.
Today, we honor Officer Gary L. Grow. On January 18, 1960, Officer Grow was killed when the plane he was piloting collided with another aircraft. Officer Grow was flying one of two planes leased by the Patrol for aircraft observational studies over U.S. Highway 99 and other highways. The aircraft test was a special assignment for Officer Grow and he was detached from his area specifically for...
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Yesterday, CHP Divisions across the state participated in honoring the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Here are some pictures from our CHP – Southern Division showing our pride and dedication to the communities we serve.
Looks like Fonzie is pretty comfortable. Great job CHP - Newhall
Today, we honor Officer Samuel G. Cope. On January 16, 1940, Officer Cope was patrolling near the city limits of West Covina when an automobile turned into his lane of traffic and crashed head-on into Officer Cope's motorcycle. Initially, his injuries were believed to be non-threatening, but complications developed and he later died. Cope was a member of the Los Angeles Police Department...
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Today, we honor Officer Floyd A. Russell. On January 15, 1933, Officer Russell, 35, was chasing a speeder on Pomona Valley Boulevard when he was struck by an automobile that turned into his path without signaling. Russell was thrown from his motorcycle and died a few hours later.
Today, we honor Officer Kenneth L. Witke. On January 14, 1964, Officer Witke was patrolling in West Los Angeles when a vehicle made a left turn in front of him without signaling. Officer Witke was unable to brake and collided into the side of the vehicle and sustained fatal injuries. The 50-year-old patrolman was a 17-year veteran of the Highway Patrol with prior law enforcement service that...
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A parent's worst nightmare is their child being abducted. It may be a frantic search only to find their child is gone, or the horrible sight of their child being driven away by a stranger. In all cases, a quick response is vital.

AMBER Alert Awareness Day honors the day nine-year-old Amber Hagerman was abducted while riding her bicycle in front of her family’s home in Arlington, Texas, and...
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Today, we honor Officer Michael S. Griffin. On January 13, 1966, Officer Griffin was patrolling along U.S. Highway 50 near the Sacramento-El Dorado County line when the wheel of his motorcycle apparently developed a high-speed wobble that sent the motorcycle out of control. Griffin was thrown to the ground and died five days later. The 33-year-old patrolman had served in East Los Angeles,...
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Announcing the end of a six-month investigation targeting two gangs operating in San Bernardino County.

A joint investigation by the California Highway Patrol, Special Operations Unit (SOU) Southern California team, California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Investigation, and the Fontana Police Department concluded today. The operation resulted in the arrest of 67 total suspects and the...
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67 Arrested as ‘Operation Bad Blood’ Targets South Fontana, Mexican Mafia Gangs

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Today, we honor Sergeant William D. Huckaby. On January 12, 1964, Sergeant Huckaby was attempting to save the lives of three small children who had climbed onto a slow-moving freight train passing through South Los Angeles. As Sergeant Huckaby rode his motorcycle down the railroad right-of-way to catch the train, he struck a cable that had been stretched between two posts. Sergeant Huckaby...
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Today, we honor Officer Robert C. Heller. On January 12, 1942, Officer Heller was struck and killed when a motorist failed to stop at an intersection and collided with his motorcycle. The driver of the vehicle was arrested for negligent homicide. The 25-year-old patrolman had graduated from the Academy only five months earlier.
Interstate 80 through the Sierra is now open in both directions. Chain controls are still in place. For current conditions anywhere in the state go to - [ Dot.ca.gov Link ].

Caltrans District 3 on Twitter

“#TrafficAlert: We have reopened I-80 Donnor Pass in both directions.  Single file-chain control, 30mph max strictly enforced. https://t.co/xAeXg8KvtY”