SENATE RESOLUTION 18
By Senator Walsh
Relative to crimes and accidents associated with hitchhiking.
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California,
Resolved, That in the event hitchhiker-related crimes or accidents occur outside the jurisdictional boundary of the California Highway Patrol, the local law enforcement agency will submit a report summarizing the incidents to the department in a form and manner prescribed by them: and be it further
Resolved, That the department submit a report to the Senate not later than March 1, 1974; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit a copy of this resolution to the Department of the California Highway Patrol.
THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE RESOLUTION WAS ADOPTED BY THE SENATE ON MARCH 6, 1973.
DARRYL R. WHITE
LETTERS AND FORMS
Letters and forms sent to all chiefs of police, sheriffs and California Highway Patrol Area Commanders.
STATE OF CALIFORNIA-BUSINESS AND TRANSPORTATION AGENCY
April 23, 1973
File No: 1.A2417.A2838
Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs
Your cooperation is needed by this Department and the State Legislature to carry out a special research study on hitchhikers.
Senate Resolution 18 requires the California Highway Patrol, with your assistance, to accomplish the study. This will require that each of us prepare a report when a hitchhiker is involved in a crime or motor vehicle collision.
During the period from May 1, 1973 through October 31, 1973, copies of motor vehicle collision reports, crime reports, arrest reports and victim statements where a hitchhiker was involved should be forwarded to the California Highway Patrol Headquarters. We are concerned, both in the case where the hitchhiker is a suspect and/or a victim. A completed copy of the attached Supplemental Hitchhiker Report should accompany each of your reports.
For this study, a "crime" is defined as any offense which the law enforcement officer did or would place the suspect "in-custody".
A "hitchhiker" is defined as a person who is actively soliciting a ride as his sole mode of transportation for a trip. This excludes pedestrians who are not soliciting rides. A person will be considered a hitchhiker when he actively solicits a ride during, or prior to the incident, even though the crime or collision was not a direct result of the hitchhiking activities.
Chief of Police and Sheriffs
The information obtained from the individual reports will be held in
strict confidence. They will be used for statistical reporting
information only, with no individual case being reported or discussed.
The reports gathered during the study period will be analyzed and a
comprehensive report submitted to the Legislature by March 1, 1974. A
copy of the final report will also be sent to your office. Your usual
cooperation will be greatly appreciated.
Very truly yours,
State of California
To : All Area Commanders
Date : April 23, 1973
From: Department of California Highway Patrol
Your cooperation is needed in a special research study on hitchhikers the Department was directed to perform by the California Legislature, Senate Resolution 18.
During the period from May 1, 1973 through October 31, 1973, copies of motor vehicle collision reports and arrest reports where a hitchhiker was involved should be forwarded to Headquarters, Operational Analysis Section. We are interested in the hitchhiker as both a victim and/or a suspect. A completed copy of the attached Supplemental Hitchhiker Report should accompany each report being sent.
For this study, a "crime" is defined as any offense the suspect commits for which the law enforcement officer did or would place the suspect "in-custody".
A "hitchhiker" is defined as a person who is actively soliciting a ride as his sole mode of transportation for a trip. This excludes pedestrians who are not soliciting rides. A person must be considered a hitchhiker when he or she was a hitchhiker during, or previous to the incident, even though the crime or collision was not a direct result of the party being a hitchhiker.
The reports gathered during the study period will be analyzed and a comprehensive report submitted to the Legislature by March 1, 1974.
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SENATE RESOLUTION #18
SUPPLEMENTAL STUDY REPORT
Please complete and attach a copy of this document to a copy of all your agency's reports involving hitchhikers. This includes all crime reports, arrest reports, victim's statements, or motor vehicle collision reports occurring in your jurisdiction during May 1, 1973, through October 31, 1974. Forward each report and supplemental to:
California Highway Patrol
The report should be included if the suspect or victim was a hitchhiker
during or just prior to
Was the hitchhiker the:
Victim's condition (extent of injury):
O Mentally upset
Hitchhiker was traveling from: ____________________________
Location where hitchhiker was picked up: ______________________________
Location where (crime, collision) occurred: _____________________________
Distance between the two locations: __________________________________ miles
For this study, the definitions used are:
An offense the suspect commits for which the law enforcement officer did, or would, place the suspect "in-custody".
A person who is actively soliciting a ride as his sole mode of transportation for a trip. This excludes pedestrians who are not soliciting rides and persons who's cars have broken down and who are temporarily pedestrians.
Was the hitchhiker the:
If the hitchhiker was both a victim and suspect, or if in doubt, mark both victim and suspect boxes.
Victim's condition (extent of injury):
Mark the category which indicates the most severe condition of the victim.
Hitchhiker traveling from ____________ to _____________:
Write the city name in which the hitchhiker's trip originated and his ultimate destination for the trip. If same town is origin and destination, place same name in both places.
Location hitchhiker was picked up, crime was committed:
Exact location of the two occurrences. Example: Hitchhiker was picked up at the - 15th Street on ramp to I50 freeway in Sacramento -.
A list of the law enforcement agencies which submitted reports involving hitchhikers follows. Apologies are made for any omissions from the list. Four agencies are included which reported that no hitchhiker crimes or accidents occurred in their jurisdictions. It is assumed that the majority of agencies which did not respond had no qualifying cases.
CRIMES IN CALIFORNIA
THIRD QUARTER 1973
* California Department of Justice, Bureau of Criminal Statistics
The following categories are presented to show the particular penal code violations which were consolidated into various categories. A further consolidation was made when only a few cases of one of the categories were reported.
When more than one person was involved, either as hitchhikers or other parties, characteristics were used which seemed representative of the crime. In most of these cases, ages were close together and sexes were the same.