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California Highway Patrol Officer Becky Meyers was Friday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

Myers reminds everyone that studded tires will be legal on Thursday November 1st.

One notable trend is the increasing amount of bicyclists throughout California. This is thought to be a result of the economy in the past couple of years.

The CHP reminds bike peddlers that it is illegal to ride a bike while intoxicated. This is called a BUI- Bicycling Under The Influence, and if caught that rider will be arrested and taken to jail. The arrest goes on a person’s driving record for three years.

Percentage wise, Calaveras County had the largest increase in vehicle thefts last year among California’s 58 counties.

Newly released statistics by the CHP show that Calaveras County had 94 vehicle thefts in 2011 and 60 in 2010, which is a 56.7% increase. Neighboring Tuolumne County had 89 thefts in 2011 and 78 in 2010, equating to a 14.1% increase. The number of vehicle thefts statewide actually declined during that period. There were 156,796 in 2011 and 158,883 in 2010, a decline of 1.3%.

Regional counties that saw a decrease in vehicle thefts include San Joaquin (4.3%), Stanislaus (10.5%) and Sacramento (18.7%). Others that saw substantial increases include San Luis Obisbo (44%) and Santa Cruz (26.5%).

“Coming into the winter months, please do not leave your vehicles unattended when letting them warm up, because it’s asking for someone to take it,” says Myers. “Also, don’t leave your keys in the car because all it takes is someone walking by and seeing it.”

The CHP also advises residents to avoid leaving valuables in vehicles, especially when they can be seen. It is also important to lock doors and close windows.

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.

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