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CHP addresses closed offices, increased 911 calls by kids, and speeding

Posted at 7:51 AM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 10:52:21-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The California Highway Patrol closed its offices Monday and CHP Officer Robert Rodriguez spoke to 23ABC about how those closures could impact services offered by the CHP.

Officer Rodriguez said they are no longer offering car seat checks or VIN verification but CHP is still available to take crash reports and assist with vehicle release forms for impounded vehicles. Officer Rodriguez said the best way to get help is by calling your local CHP office for instructions.

Officer Rodriguez also addressed the uptick in 911 calls from kids.

Emergency response offices are receiving more 911 calls but it's not exactly for emergencies, according to Officer Rodriguez.

Officer Rodriguez said that parents looking to keep their kids occupied at home right now might be giving their kids old cell phones to play with. He said that these phones, while not in-service, may still have a battery and can make 911 calls.

Officer Rodriguez said that if you want to give your old phone to your child for entertainment, do so but take out the battery.

The CHP has also been reminding drivers that even though there may be less traffic on the roads at this time, drivers still need to obey speed limits.