You'll see a few false positives involving motorcycles, and most of the 'bike incidents' seem to be either "1125 - Traffic Hazard" or "Pedestrian in Roadway" when a motorist reports a cyclist somewhere. Still, there are a fair number of "TC" (Traffic Collision) and "Ambulance Responding" incidents.
If you have suggestions on ways to improve this, I'm all ears. Already on my TODO list:
Create separate monthly index pages.
Hover over CHP "10 codes" and jargon so you can see what it means. For example, "XRAY" means "female"; 1097 just means they showed up; JSO = "Just South Of."
Replace Dispatch Center code with English language. For example, OCCC is "Orange County."
Instead of listing incident number in the link tag, I'll put the incident type so you can quickly ignore "Traffic Hazard" and "Pedestrian On Roadway" type incidents if you want to, instead of requiring you to link through.
In addition to the Twitter feed, I might create an RSS feed as well (though the Twitter feed already has an RSS feed built in *shrug*.
It's important to note that this only captures incidents reported to the California Highway Patrol. Incidents handled by the local police, such as this morning's cycling fatality in Los Gatos, will not generally be visible here.
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I heard about the fatality in Los Gatos this morning. What a horrible way to go, an SUV drifted onto the sidewalk (wonder if he was texting, talking or otherwise distracted?) and annihilated the biker.