CHP Report Of Accidents In High Desert – Phelan Wrightwood Victorville Weather Problems
(Best Syndication) The CHP Victorville office has taken approximately 26 traffic collisions between January 24, 2008, 0600 hours thru the present time. Of these collisions, 7 were reported as injury collisions (5 minor injuries, 2 complaint of pain). Also, until the storm subsides in the Wrightwood area, CHP is providing intermittent escorts on Hwy 138 between I-15 to Oasis Road. Low visibility, snow, ice, heavy rains and snow flurries are the predominant factors contributing to these escorts. ***STATS ARE PRELIMINARY***
Additionally, this morning, CHP provided round robin escorts (between 0300 hours thru most of the morning), throughout the Cajon Pass due to heavy rain, snow and limited visibility. CHP will restart escorts thru the Cajon Pass if conditions warrant such actions. The CHP San Bernardino and Victorville offices have units on stand-by to provide escorts if need be at any given time.
Motorists are advised if they are traveling to any of the mountainous areas, chain control is in effect. Especially if any motorist is heading towards the Big Bear or Wrightwood areas. On Hwy 18 traveling to Big Bear and Hwy 138 towards Wrightwood, Chain Control R2 status in place. Please note, R2 chain control requirement level means "Chains are required on vehicles except four-wheel drives with snow tread tires on both drive axles......Four-wheel drive vehicles must carry snow chains in the vehicle." Also, motorist shall bring chains to these areas, it's the law....if not, motorists are subject to citations/fines established by the Victorville Superior Court.
The latest news is towards the Phelan area, reports of roadway flooding on Phelan Road between Johnson Road and Caughlin Road. CHP has requested San Bernardino County Roads to assist with signage and deployment of units to assist with flood and traffic control.
The reported avalanches occurring in the Wrightwood area are being investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Search and Rescue teams. Please contact the LASO Search and Rescue team for updates relating to these reported avalanches.
Additional Driving Tips For Motorist:
Allow enough time. Trips to the mountains can take longer during winter that other times of the year, especially if you encounter storm conditions or icy roads. Get an early start and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
Keep your gas tank full. It may be necessary to change routes or turn back during a bad storm or you may be caught in a traffic delay.
Keep windshield and windows clear. You may want to stop at a safe turnout to use a snow brush or scraper. Use the car defroster and a clean cloth to keep the windows free of fog.
Slow down. A highway speed of 65 miles per hour may be safe in dry weather, but an invitation for trouble on snow and ice. Snow and ice make stopping distances much longer, so keep your seat belt buckled and leave more distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead. Bridge decks and shady spots can be icy when other areas are not. Remember to avoid sudden stops and quick direction changes. See what others are saying and join the discussion at our Forum
Be more observant. Visibility is often limited in winter by weather conditions. Slow down and watch for other vehicles that have flashing lights, visibility may be so restricted during a storm that it is difficult to see the slow moving equipment.
When stalled, stay with your vehicle and try to conserve fuel while maintaining warmth. Be alert to any possible exhaust or monoxide problems.
R1: Chains, traction devices or snow tires are required on the drive axle of all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles.
R2: Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels.
(NOTE: Four wheel/all wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices
in chain control areas.)
R3: Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles, no exceptions.
You must stop and put on chains when highway signs indicate chains are required. You can be cited by the California Highway Patrol and fined if you don't. You will usually have about a mile between "Chains Required" signs and the checkpoint to install your chains.
Control areas can change rapidly from place to place because of changing weather and road conditions.
The speed limit when chains are required is 25 or 30 miles an hour.
When you put on chains, wait until you can pull completely off the roadway to the right. Do not stop in a traffic lane where you will endanger yourself and block traffic.
Chain Installers: If you use the services of a chain installer, be sure to get a receipt and jot the installer's badge number on it. Remember, chain installers are independent business people, not CALTRANS employees. Having the badge number may help with any misunderstandings later. Chain installers are NOT allowed to sell or rent chains.
When removing chains, drive beyond the signs reading "End of Chain Control" to a pull-off area where you can safely remove them.
Note-Many changes can occur without much notice. The CHP will try to update information in a timely manner to disseminate to the general public. Thank-you for your assistance.
Officer Jeff Perez (Public Information Officer)
CHP Victorville Office