What the hell is the CHP doing today??

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by eatpasta, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    I finalized my trip by going over to the Rock Store for some Pancakes and holy CRAP. The CHP had something long and spikey lodged in its' collective corn hole.

    They had their huge RV parked up at the Squiddy Lookout, ya know the coordination RV they use for disasters?? There were CHP 'copters in the air, and at least 30 cars and bikes ticketing EVERYONE. Luckily everyone except for me..... I didnt get out of second gear.

    They had guys in binoculars looking for people sticking out their knee.... man it was crazy.


    They are obviously trying to send us a message, but why now? What the hell.

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  2. Oni

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    I'll bet parking was better...:D :lol3
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  3. Adventure Trio

    Adventure Trio Wandering

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    They did something similar near Lake Berryessa in norhtern California a few months back. No fancy motorhome, but 2 air units and a dozen cars on the ground. One car flipped a Uturn after passing me by and tailgated me for 2 miles until I finally signaled and jammed the brakes to pull in to a parking lot. He sped by....I am all for enforcement for the totally wreckless riders in the area but we were clearly not the demographic.

    -Terry


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  4. Cornbread Red

    Cornbread Red Fart's dust

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    Oink.

    The more aggressively they try to intimidate the Public, the more we resent them.

    Dumb, if you ask me.
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  5. Jedi5150

    Jedi5150 Road Warrior

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    Don't resent the messenger, resent the Public. More often than not special enforcement projects are in an attempt to answer the "public's" massive number of complaints about a specific type of violation in an area (whether its vehicle code, burglaries, whatever).

    For instance for every one person who complains about them agressively enforcing motorcycle speeding laws there are 1,000 more people calling them and complaining that they never do anything about getting "those reckless speeders off the roads". :lol3 Its impossible to make everyone happy, you just have to try to please the majority.

    So instead of blaming the CHP, get mad at either the whining masses or get mad at the reckless speeders. Your resentment is missdirected. The CHP is simply doing what WE tell them to. :rofl

    (As for my me....I'm one of the whining masses when I'm not having fun speeding).
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  6. Oni

    Oni Ronin

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    LASD's Air 5 (helicopter) usually picks up, cares for, and transports at least one motorcycle rider a weekend during the summer. Sheriff Rescue units usually roll to several "downed motorcycle" calls a weekend...not to ticket, but to try and save a life.

    Yeah tickets suck...but so do some of the morons who treat the highway like a racetrack, crossing over the double yellow, passing on blind curves...

    Almost got taken out a few times myself. Yeah...I got some tickets too, but deserved them :deal

    I hope they also go after the straight pipe flatulant bikes too. If my bike has to be 96db to ride in the desert....
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  7. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    actually no, they were TOWING bikes parked in the dirt.
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  8. rockchucker22

    rockchucker22 Been here awhile

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    They have been doing the same here in Bishop, stopping everyone who is coming into Bishop, tourism is the life blood of this area and they are going to scare everyone away.:kboom
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  9. Pointman0853

    Pointman0853 Unregistered Gun Owner

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    We had an interesting visitor at the Lookout in Lake Elsinore this morning.

    After leaving my house up on the divide road and doing 60 miles of forest service roads on my 950-A, I ended back up at the Lookout about 9am.

    A CHP officer in a 4 wheel unit pulled in like he was looking for someone. He finally got on his PA and asked us all to gather round for a 'chat'.

    He told us he was the only officer covering an area from Temecula to Orange County that morning. Dispatch had recieved 30 calls from irate motorists about the 'road racers' passing (sometimes on the shoulder) on the Ortega. We checked out his terminal in the car and it was line after line of complaints. He asked us to give him a break and chill out the rest of the day. His badge featured a black band indicating a recently fallen officer. :cry His talk was very well recieved.

    Hey, I'm a fan of going fast, but there is a time and place for everything (Nevada comes to mind). We who live up here have little pity for the Organ Doners who terrorize regular folks when they don't have the stones to take it to the track (AKA: Pussies). We average two fatalities per month on Hwy 74. The last one went unnoticed for about a week. When they found the body at the bottom of the canyon, the Coyotes had already gotton the best parts... :huh

    Blame the PUSSIES, not the CHP.

    Pointman
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  10. old wanderer

    old wanderer Old quick guy

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    Actually what is hapening up at the Rock House and the Muholland roads around there is the result of a funding grant. It provides the funding for a bunch of overtime plus unit cost to lower the MotoGP wanta-be's and the drift racers that run these hills regulary.

    Last year I was on my Aprilia 7 or 8 time when riding witha group that was right on the limits of sanity. Was lucky and never got captured, but many of my friends did get performance awards.

    I lost 3 friends last year (2 on the track on one on Hwy 74) so this year the Falco has been entertaining some spiders in the corner of the shed.

    Just got back from Bishop and running my new KLR 650 in the dirt. Lost of fun and a whole lot slower and safer.
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  11. m5guy

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    I also saw the big CHP motorhome parked at the lookout spot above the Rock Store on Mulholland. Luckily I passed it early (around 9:15) before they were ready for business.

    Every year the CHP finds a few weeks to be highly visible in that area. The motorhome was something new though. I'm used to just seeing a black-and-white parked up there.
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  12. MrEndo

    MrEndo Been here awhile

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    Some crazed freak took out a CHP officer as he was trying to deploy a "spike strip" to stop a pursuit from Rancho Cordova up to Placerville...
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  13. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Isn't an election coming up? :amazon

    That cop with the spike strip had no business being on foot on hwy 50. I'm sorry he's gone, but not surprised.
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  14. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    We were coming down Piuma on saturday afternoon, and when we got to Malibu Cyn there must have been 100 cops and everyone of them was holding an assault rifle or shotgun. Apparently a State Park Ranger had shot a gangbanger that tried to hit him with his car and his buddies bailed into the hills. The result was not a officer in sight for the rest of the ride :D
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  15. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    Holy crap... thats nuts? and they didnt shoot at you?

    what gives


    :lol3
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  16. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    Well, we rolled up to the intersection and a chippie stops me and asks me if I was doing some offroading ( I was on my 525 EXC ). "Oh no sir, strictly pavement!" :augie
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  17. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    so yer tellin me he SHOULD have shot you?

    :ddog
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  18. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    No, I was good. I did, however, jump on the shoulder and throw a little roost every so often. I have already ridden most of the fireroads and trails in the area in my youth.
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  19. 1WDrive

    1WDrive Here for the thrills ...

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    'Sup AJ? I think the message is come ride the wild wilderness in other states!

    I got caught in something similar to this (though not as many officers) last year on my way to the Rock Store. I was deserving of a tickett since I was doing 75, just having passed a slow truck with trailer, on Mulholland Hwy in a 55 zone. Surprisingly, the officer was WAY TOO COOL and started talking to me about my bike, my gear, etc. finally ending with "you don't seem like the type we're up here for ... keep it slower and i'll let you off with a warning." I couldn't believe it. Of course, that was my once in my lifetime free-be and it will never happen again.

    Imagine a vast open space with paved and unpaved roads at your calling ... and send me a PM if you want to meet up in the Sawtooth Wilderness at the BMW Stanley Stomp ( http://www.idahobmwriders.com/stanleystomp.html ) !!!!! ;-)

    Take care,
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  20. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    Where have you been man? Where are you working these days?! How the hell are you!

    Yea that happens sometimes... just not to me! :bluduh


    Ill send you a pm soon

    cheers
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