CHP will increase patrols on two highways
By From staff reports
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
[replacer_img]More from County News
- Home Depot vote might hinge on noise, workers
- New area code, calling protocol coming to 818 telephone users
- Local hospitals compete to be named trauma centers
The California Highway Patrol will step up its patrols along highways 150 and 33 after two fatal crashes involving motorcyclists this year.
“We’re going to be on lookout for anyone who’s speeding or otherwise being unsafe while on the highway,” Lt. Casey Cronin of the Ventura CHP office said on Monday.
A 46-year-old Westlake Village man was killed on Feb. 28 in a motorcycle crash along Highway 150 near the Ojai Summit.
Daniel Mourning was heading east near Happy Valley School road when his bike drifted onto the dirt shoulder, CHP officials said.
Witnesses said Mourning tried to lay the bike down on its left side after it was clear that he’d lost control of it. The motorcycle, however, spun back onto the highway and into the opposing lane of traffic and head-on into a car.
Mourning was pronounced dead at the scene.
On Jan. 10, Keith Alexander, 27, died after his motorcycle drifted across the center divide and into a van, CHP officials said.
Speeding was a factor in both accidents, Cronin said.
He said the increased patrols, which will begin in May and go through Labor Day weekend in September, are made possible through a state grant. The grant will pay for about 100 hours of overtime, he said.
The CHP will watch for not only speeders, but anyone crossing the center line, taking sharp turns and passing other vehicles unsafely, Cronin said.