At the time I'm writing this post, there's a single incident between Woodland and Davis, CA: a bicyclist riding in the number 1 lane on State Route 113 just south of County Road 25A is reported to be a traffic hazard. "1097 in the CD" means the responding officer is parked in the center divider. I have no idea if bikes are permitted on this state highway or not.
Right now, this is a rough proof of concept, which means:
- I grab the incidents as they're available on the CHP server.
- No caching of incidents, by me or anybody else.
- No permanent links of incident reports.
- When the incident ages out on the CHP dispatch center it is gone forever.
- Good probability of false positives. You'll see reports of motorcycles and anything mentioning "bike lane." I doubt I'll change this heuristic much.
- You need to decode the terse radio codes and abbreviations yourself. I may work this decoding into the application.
To make this truly useful, I need to:
- Poll the CHP server automatically every 10 minutes or so and spit the results out to Twitter, an XML feed, or to email.
- Cache the incidents and;
- Provide permanent links to the incident information.
In the meantime --> http://www.cyclelicio.us/script/chpbike.php5.
Update: I've modified the script so it can take a query string so you can input your own search criteria. Examples:
- To search for fatal accidents in California, for example, use http://www.cyclelicio.us/script/chpbike.php5?q=FAT.
- Search for anything involving Toyotas with http://www.cyclelicio.us/script/chpbike.php5?q=TOY.
- How many Hit and Runs are there right now? Answer: A lot.
- Interested in your commute over Highway 17 in Santa Cruz County? http://www.cyclelicio.us/script/chpbike.php5?q=SR17.
- See the Pedestrians on the Roadway with http://www.cyclelicio.us/script/chpbike.php5?q=PEDESTRIAN.
- Ford? Or Chevy?