This was our first freeway blogging event after the historic meeting in February, 2010 with CHP Captain Ike Iketani in the Woodland office. In that meeting we learned how the 911 emergency call system works and how CHP uses it. Basically when people call 911 while driving through Davis on I-80 the call goes to a CHP dispatcher. If something is reported as an emergency CHP treats it as an emergency until they find out otherwise.
This video shows our April, 2010 freeway blogging event with clips from the October, 2009 so you can see the contrast. We went from confrontation to cooperation. This is a model that citizens anywhere can use with your local CHP office or local P.D.
We reached an agreement with CHP whereby we would notify them a few days in advance of our freeway blogging events. CHP would tell their dispatcher, the CHP officers on patrol, and the Davis P.D. of the date, time and place of our upcoming event. As a result when drivers call 911 to complain (or to report an emergency, which is ridiculous because it’s not an emergency) all of the above would know about us. They would be expecting those calls. (This is all explained elsewhere on the site – see “Clear your event with the CHP”.) The CHP may still go out to the overpass to see what is going on but they may not, and if they do they will basically know the score, know that we informed CHP before, we have done this several times before, we know the law and are doing a lawful, peaceful demonstration, and so on. They don’t go up to the overpass like gangbusters with the sole intention of shutting us down.