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A Day on the Job for CHP Officer Never Mundane

Mario Lopez does not wake up in the morning and drive to a job where he works in an indistinguishable modular cubicle. He does not spend day after day behind some innocuous beige metal desk, performing the same mundane tasks over and over again as he stares at an impersonal computer screen. He does not clock out every evening wondering if his accomplishments of the day really matter in the grand scheme of things. Read More »

A Day In The Life Of A CHP Officer

I interrogated officer Mario Lopez of the California Highway Patrol mercilessly for hours. With infinite patience, he gave me answers that provided a rare insider’s glimpse at the mechanism and the mindset of the CHP. Here are 13 fascinating facts about the CHP that you may not have known: They use tuning forks to calibrate their radar before they go ... Read More »

Experiencing the road from the CHP’s view

In an effort to experience what life behind the wheel is like from a law enforcement perspective, I spent one chilly weekday morning driving around the freeways of Southern California with Officer Mario Lopez of the California Highway Patrol. Read More »

Two Points Not a Win For Your Driving Record

When it comes to driving, there are a dozen correct answers to that question. There are 12 vehicle code regulations in California that you can violate to earn the DMV's equivalent of the Scarlet Letter of driving: a two-point offense on your driving record. Read More »