Needles, CA: California Highway Patrol Officer Clinton Burrows presents presentation to Needles City Council and public regarding “Needles-Barstow Traffic Alliance Safety Corridors.”

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)

Source: City of Needles (Information)

Needles, California: A regular meeting of the Needles City Council (N.C.C.) was held on Tuesday, June 28th, 2022.

During the regular meeting, California Highway Patrol Officer Clinton Burrows presented a presentation to members of the Needles City Council and the public regarding the “Needles-Barstow Traffic Alliance Safety Corridors.”

Agenda Item 1: Presentation by Officer Burrows, California Highway Patrol, regarding the Needles-Barstow Traffic Alliance Safety Corridors and authorize the mayor to sign a letter in support.

  • Agenda Packet Information (PDF File Download):

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Saving lives is the core mission of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), and in order to accomplish this mission, the CHP Needles and Barstow Area offices will jointly use a federal grant to conduct a safety campaign to reduce traffic crashes and crash victims attributed to unsafe speed, improper turning, and wrong side of road violations in San Bernardino County, California.

The Needles-Barstow Traffic Alliance Safety Corridors project starts on October 1, 2021, and ends on September 30, 2022.

The California Highway Patrol Needles Area will deploy officers on enhanced enforcement on Interstate 40; United States 95; and State Route 62; and unincorporated roads in San Bernardino County where the California Highway Patrol Needles Area has jurisdiction.

In addition to enhanced enforcement, this traffic safety effort will include a community-based task force, and public awareness and education campaign to reinforce key traffic safety messages.

“Our public education campaign is to reduce the number of victims killed and injured in motor vehicle crashes attributed to unsafe speed, improper turning, and wrong side of road violations. This grant will allow us to provide additional enforcement and raise awareness about traffic safety with the ultimate goal of saving lives,” said Lieutenant Lance Berns, Commander of the California Highway Patrol Needles Area Office.

According to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, there were 135 people injured and killed in traffic crashes attributed to unsafe speed, improper turning, and wrong side of road violations on state highways and unincorporated roads patrolled by the California Highway Patrol Needles jurisdiction in San Bernardino County between October 1, 2018, and September 30, 2019.

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

In a letter to Lieutenant Lance Berns, Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams wrote in support of the grant awarded to the California Highway Patrol’s Needles Area Office.

“Dear Lieutenant Berns: I am writing in support of a grant awarded to the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Needles Area command by the California Office of Traffic Safety. The grant provides funding for enhanced law enforcement patrols, a regional task force, and a public awareness campaign throughout San Bernardino County. The 12-month project will provide motorists with a safer roadway with an emphasis on reducing the number of fatalities and serious injuries resulting from fatal and injury (reportable) traffic crashes attributed to three primary crash factors (PCFs) for unsafe speed, improper turning, and wrong side of road violations in San Bernardino County. During recent years, the CHP Needles Area has experienced an increase in the number of reportable crashes attributed to unsafe speed, improper turning, and wrong side of road PCFs resulting in fatalities and serious injuries. Grant funding provides for an aggressive public awareness campaign aimed at deterring such behaviors and to remind the public to refrain from unsafe speed, improper turning, and wrong side of road violations. The CHP Needles Area will also deploy additional officers on jurisdictional state highways and unincorporated roads in San Bernardino County. I am also writing to lend my support to the newly established, Needles and Barstow Traffic Alliance Safety Corridors Task Force. The task force will focus on providing increased awareness of traffic safety problems and help educate the local communities throughout San Bernardino County. Thank you in advance for your consideration,” wrote Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams.

After the presentation, members of the Needles City Council thanked California Highway Patrol Officer Clinton Burrows and all of the officers serving their community.

For more information, please contact Dale Jones, City Clerk at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113.

Thanks to California Highway Patrol Officer Clinton Burrows and all of the officers working for the California Highway Patrol for their protesting and servicing to all of our highways and interstates communities.

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