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CHP-West Valley Working to Start Nixle Service

The California Highway Patrol's West Valley Station hopes to inform motorists of major accidents and road closures in the near future.

The California Highway Patrol's West Valley Station is working to start up a Nixle alert system and a Twitter.

The Nixle system, which sends out alerts over text messaging and email, would be used to inform motorists of serious accidents and road closures in the CHP's West Valley Area, Officer Leland Tang said at a PCH Task Force meeting Wednesday in Pacific Palisades. The CHP West Valley Area includes the cities of Malibu, Calabasas, Agoura, Woodland Hills and Topanga.

Tang said he put in an application to begin a CHP West Valley Twitter account and Nixle service two years ago, and that he was recently informed that officials in Sacramento approved his idea.

"It will be very local," Tang said of the content on both services.

The services will be up and running once the CHP irons out its policies on who can post information to the accounts and other guidelines.

"I’m just waiting right now," he said.

The alerts will especially come in handy on spans of Pacific Coast Highway on the eastern end of Malibu from Sunset Boulevard to the city limits.

Marilyn Stefano February 21, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Sounds like a good idea - & please communicate in other ways besides texting which some of us don't do.
Hans Laetz February 21, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Here's the problem, and all these Nixles will never fix this. Right now (1:15 pm Thursday) there is a crash that has closed PCH northbound at Chatauqua. That's in the City of Los Angeles. The West LA police division sends the cops, but the investigator rolls from LAPD West Traffic (on Venice at Le Brea). That's a whole different LAPD division, with different watch commander, phone number, etc. Sounds like a small matter, but operationally it's a big one. Now, traffic is being turned around at Beach House. That's in Santa Monica PD. CHP is setting up a freeway closure at 4th Street. That's CHP. That's 4 different police agencies (including LAPD's bifurcation). If it had happened in Malibu, add in the sheriff. Good luck with the Nixle. But we are talking about a multijurisdictional mess. All the CHP Nixles in the world will make no difference.
Zuma Skipper February 23, 2013 at 05:02 AM
There will never be a one-size-fits-all approach that will work as Hans illustrates. Nixle is a mixed bag anyway in terms of the chatter it generates. Sometimes you get the info and sometimes you don't. The most timely updates believe or not seem to come from the Patch, usually initiated by motorists caught up in the mess. That seems to be the best source of info...us Malibu folks who happen to see something and put out on the wire.

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