Any regular listeners to Z107.7 have heard our “put down your cell phone” PSA, warning of the dangers of distracted driving. But some drivers still don’t understand how dangerous it can be. According to Sheriff’s reports, a unidentified male driver was traveling on Buena Vista Dr. in Yucca Valley late Wednesday morning (July 7) when he dropped his phone on the passenger floor. While reaching to retrieve it, he veered right and crashed into a fence near Scarvan Road. This incident ended with no reported injuries, but had the potential to be much worse. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that an average of 3,000 people are killed each year in accidents caused by distracted driving. Ernest Figueroa has tips on how to avoid distracted driving…
To avoid distractions, drivers should not multitask while driving. Whether it’s adjusting your mirrors, picking the music, eating, or making a phone call, do it before or after your trip, not during. Passengers can also help by speaking up if they are in a car with a distracted driver, ask them to focus on driving while you assist with navigation or other tasks. Remember, it is illegal in California to drive while holding a phone in your hand. If you must talk on the phone while driving, Investing in legal hands-free devices for you cell phone could potentially save your life or the lives of others. More information on the dangers of distracted driving can be found at the link below.
Caltrans has launched a new survey to collect public input in bicycle and pedestrian safety. The survey asks residents in Caltrans District 8, which includes the Morongo Basin, to give input on identifying bicycle and pedestrian improvements on and near the State Highway System. To take the survey, visit the link below.
With Governor Newsom’s expanded drought emergency executive order calling for Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15 percent from their 2020 levels, it is a good time to remember that water consumption historically has increased during the hot summer months, but it doesn’t have to. The most recent edition of the Joshua Basin Water District’s Tier Drop newsletter offers some tips to help keep your water use in check. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what they are…
- Make sure hoses are equipped with water shut-off nozzles.
- Turn off your evaporative cooler when you’re away; swamp coolers can use from six to 13 gallons per hour.
- Direct kid’s water play near thirsty plants and limit the water play by using a hose timer.
- Landscape watering should be done before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
- Warm water can cause slime buildup in your toilet tank and flapper preventing a good water seal between flushes.
- Inspect your water meter for signs of leaks which can start small and run unnoticed. Most meters have a slow leak indicator that can help you determine if water loss is happening.
- Wash vehicles near trees or other thirsty landscaping that could use the runoff.
- Cover your swimming pool to reduce evaporation.
The Animal Action League will offer low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in July. Clinics will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Joshua Tree, west of the dinosaurs on Highway 62. Clinics are tentatively scheduled for July 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, and 22. A Cats only spay/neuter clinic will be held July 23. The office will be closed the week of July 26-31. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15 and can help reunite you with your lost pet. Everyone who comes to the clinic—whether for spaying or neutering, or low-cost vaccinations or microchips—must stay in their vehicles, wear a mask, and wait for staff to come get your animal. For appointments, call 760-366-1100.
The Marine Corp has discontinued their use of the Discover Johnson Valley app, which provided information on the open or closed status of the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area. Visitors to the shared use area are encouraged to access updated information from the Marine Corp website at the link below, while the Marine Corp explores alternative options for sharing boundary information.