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December 18, 2011 | By Scott J. Wilson, Los Angeles Times
How well do you know traffic laws? Can you wear headphones while driving? Can you drive barefoot? Must you turn your headlights on when your windshield wipers are on? Here's a look at five laws you might not know: • Earplugs: It's illegal in California to drive or bicycle while wearing "a headset covering, or earplugs in, both ears. " Exceptions are made for drivers of emergency vehicles and trash trucks, or anyone using "earplugs or molds that are specifically designed to attenuate injurious noise levels.
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March 15, 2014 | By Jason Song, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
Authorities are searching for four children who were abducted Friday from their grandmother's home in Boyle Heights. An Amber Alert was issued by the California Highway Patrol at 4:50 a.m. Saturday after the four children were taken from a home in the 1400 block of North Indiana Street. The children, two boys ages 7 and 5, and twin 1-year-old girls, were being cared for by their maternal grandmother when their parents abducted them around 12:30 p.m. Friday, according to Los Angeles Police Department officials.
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June 24, 1991 | CAROL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a sky blue Mustang last month. And it will be a bright white model later this summer. But, for now, beware of a tan Chevrolet Caprice zooming along the highway. It is the latest car in a rainbow of colors used by the California Highway Patrol to catch speeders in Ventura County. "I know they don't see me because of the color of my car," CHP Officer Mark Stone said recently as he cruised the Ventura Freeway, periodically roaring up behind unsuspecting drivers.
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March 13, 2014 | By Kate Mather
The longtime Los Angeles police officer killed last week in a Beverly Hills crash  will be laid to rest Thursday following a public funeral service at a downtown cathedral.  The funeral for Officer Nicholas Lee, a nearly 16-year department veteran, will begin at 9 a.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the LAPD said. The service is open to the public, however officials warned seating inside would be very limited. California Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to attend the service, his office announced Wednesday.
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February 24, 2010 | By Amina Khan
Heads turned Tuesday morning on the 405 Freeway in Orange County as motorists saw a man skateboarding along the shoulder during rush hour after his black Nissan coupe ran out of gas. Motorists began calling the California Highway Patrol about 8:15 a.m. with reports that a man was skateboarding on the southbound shoulder near Red Hill Avenue in Costa Mesa, said CHP Officer Denise Quesada. The officer who responded found the driver standing with his thumb out and holding an empty gas can. The officer called the Freeway Service Patrol.
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February 22, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
Students at 99th Street Elementary School near Watts caught a glimpse of what for most is a rare sight: fathers reading to them. Sitting in chairs built for bodies much smaller than their own, about 150 men participated in the school's fifth annual Donuts With Dads event Thursday. But they do more than tell stories, school officials said. "Having the men come in is motivating to the students," said Erica Jones, a third-grade teacher. "To have a dad feel it's important to be here and read translates the same message to the child.
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March 4, 2010 | By Ann M. Simmons
For years, a memorial sign that saluted the life of Officer Harvey "Hobbs" Griswold stood proudly at the California Highway Patrol station in Newhall, a reminder of a life cut short in a 1950 car crash. But now the sign is missing and old colleagues and friends are rushing to find it so that it might be rededicated when the department marks another sad chapter in its history -- the 40th anniversary of the "Newhall Incident," a 1970 shootout in which four CHP officers were killed.
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March 14, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Beware of the $16,000 cocktail. Just in time for St. Patrick's Day partying, the Automobile Club of Southern California has calculated that a first-offense misdemeanor DUI conviction can now cost up to $15,649 in California. That's up 29% from 2011. The penalties are even higher for teenagers. The expense of an under- age-21 first-offense misdemeanor DUI is up to $22,492.  “It only takes one or two drinks to slow physical and mental skills that affect vision, steering, braking judgment and reaction time,” said the Auto Club's Senior Researcher Steven A. Bloch.
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April 10, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Direction-impaired drivers, prepare to meet your doom. A California appellate court has ruled that it's illegal to hold your phone while driving to use it for anything -- like checking Google maps, or even looking at an email or text. The case was brought by Steven R. Spriggs, a 58-year-old professional development officer at Fresno State University. On Jan. 5, 2012, Spriggs found himself in stop-and-go traffic caused by road construction on California 41 near the California 180 interchange.
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March 13, 2014 | By Kate Mather
The longtime Los Angeles police officer killed last week in a Beverly Hills crash  will be laid to rest Thursday following a public funeral service at a downtown cathedral.  The funeral for Officer Nicholas Lee, a nearly 16-year department veteran, will begin at 9 a.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the LAPD said. The service is open to the public, however officials warned seating inside would be very limited. California Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to attend the service, his office announced Wednesday.
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March 11, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Two men were arrested Tuesday in San Bernardino County on suspicion of illegally trafficking in firearms after they allegedly sold guns to agents from the California Department of Justice. Hours after the arrest of Alvin Seal, 67, of Oildale, and Erik Stoffel, 39, of Apple Valley, investigators using search warrants discovered more than 300 handguns, rifles, two World War II grenades and one mortar round at homes on Beardsley Avenue in Oildale and on Cronese Road in Apple Valley.
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March 8, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Ruben Vives and Matt Stevens
Authorities are trying to determine why a dump truck slammed into a Los Angeles Police Department patrol car in Beverly Hills on Friday, killing one officer and injuring a second. California Highway Patrol investigators spent most of the day Friday at the scene, photographing the scattered wreckage and spilled oil, and looking for surveillance cameras that might have caught the crash on tape. Authorities said they were also trying to determine whether the patrol car's sirens and lights were on and how fast both vehicles were traveling.
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March 7, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Ari Bloomekatz and Joseph Serna
The Los Angeles police officer who died after his patrol car collided with a truck in Beverly Hills on Friday morning was a training officer, department officials said. The officer from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division was training a female probationary officer who was critically injured in the crash, said LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith. The names of the officers have not been released, pending notification of family. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck was en route to the hospital where the female officer was taken, Smith said.
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February 28, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
You can't talk or text while driving in California. But if you want to use a map or some other app on your smartphone, that's OK. At least for now. The 5th District Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that the California Highway Patrol was wrong to ticket a Fresno man for driving and holding his smartphone to look at a map. The court was totally right. The Vehicle Code says a driver can't hold a wireless telephone while talking or listening on it. The law makes no mention of holding the phone to look at a map or do any other sort of functional thing that smartphones are now capable of. (There is a separate law that specifically bans texting unless using hands-free technology, so typing a text from behind the wheel will still get you a ticket.)
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February 27, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
California Highway Patrol officers responded to 77 crashes overnight on freeways throughout Los Angeles County, a spike they attributed to one thing: "Drivers. People don't know how to drive in the rain. " "They need to slow down," Officer Jennifer Cassidy added. No one died in any of the wrecks between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 2 a.m. Thursday, Cassidy said. Instead there were crashes "here and there" and overturned big rigs, among other incidents, she said. The daily average of crashes on L.A. County freeways was not immediately clear, but in a similar time frame the week before, there were only 15 crashes.
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February 21, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
An international student at UC Irvine led authorities on a pursuit Thursday night that at times reached 122 mph, according to the California Highway Patrol. Yuan Zhou, 18, was arrested around 9:15 p.m. after a CHP cruiser maneuvered to stop the car on  Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.  The pursuit began around 8:30 p.m. when Zhou's BMW allegedly blazed by a patrol vehicle on the northbound 5 Freeway at Atlantic Boulevard in the Commerce area. WATCH: 9 crazy Southern California police car chases Zhou then transitioned to the westbound 10 Freeway and continued westbound, "weaving in and out of traffic, using the right shoulder to pass vehicles and driving at speeds up to 122 mph," according to a CHP news release.
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August 11, 2001 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ortega Highway meanders along an old Indian trail through rural southern Orange County, passing dark green oaks and golden grasslands where mountain lions roam and red-tailed hawks circle. Then it climbs into the Santa Ana Mountains, with sheer rock walls on one side and steep canyon drop-offs on the other. But this narrow, 44-mile-long serpent of asphalt is no leisurely drive in the country.
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September 30, 1993 | GORDON DILLOW, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Looking for a clean, late-model, one-owner used car? Don't mind a little mileage on it? OK, how about a lot of mileage on it--say, up to 120,000 miles or so on a car that's only a couple of years old? If you're still game, then California Highway Patrol Used Car Sales in Torrance may be just the place to look. There, $8,000 or less--a lot less in some cases--will buy you a 1- to 3-year-old Ford Mustang or Crown Victoria that until recently was chasing down speeders on the freeways.
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February 20, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A memorial service has been set for two California Highway Patrol officers who died earlier this week after swerving to avoid the scene of a collision near Fresno and then crashing themselves.  The memorial for Officers Juan Gonzalez and Brian Law is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, according to CHP spokeswoman Erin Komatsubara. Komatsubara said it still has not been decided if the service is open to the public or if media will be invited to attend.
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February 17, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Matt Stevens
California Highway Patrol Officers Juan Gonzalez and Brian Law went through the academy together and became good friends after 27 weeks in the same class. After they graduated in 2008, they were assigned to different offices, but by 2013 the young officers were reunited in Fresno, where they worked the graveyard shift. They spent time together off-duty and talked to their families about each other, officials said Monday. Gonzalez, 33, had discussed marriage with his girlfriend. Law, 34, had a wife, Rebecca, and three young children.
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