Mendocino SAFE formed as a joint powers agreement
in 1994. The agency is overseen by a board consisting of two county
supervisors, a countywide public appointee, and one council member
from each of the four incorporated cities.
In 1985 the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 1190 to enable
counties to generate revenue for the purpose of purchasing, installing,
operating and maintaining an emergency motorist aid system. Senate
Bill 1199, enacted in January 1986, provided the basic format for
the formation of SAFEs, and Assembly Bill 1390, enacted in October
1991, authorized a county and its cities to designate a Council
of Governments to serve as a SAFE for the county. The Mendocino
Council of Governments (MCOG) was designated as the Service Authority
for Freeway Emergencies (SAFE) in August 1994 after the cities of
Ukiah, Fort Bragg, Point Arena and County of Mendocino formed a
Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) establishing the SAFE in Mendocino
County SAFE has contracted with a transportation planning consultant,
Dow & Associates, to perform updates of the Implementation Plan,
identify call box installation sites, assist in contracted call
box installation, review exception/alarm reports via maintenance
computer and arrange repair/maintenance activities.
Mendocino SAFE currently maintains more than 80 call boxes, located
on State Routes 1, 20, 128, 101, 162, 175 and 253. These call boxes
are generally located on two-lane highways; however a few are installed
on state highways with four lanes. Distance between the existing
call boxes range from approximately two miles to several miles.
Spacing between call boxes is still far below the minimum spacing
requirements, however, availability of cellular signal and location
meeting safety standards are determining factors of installation
locations. Call boxes on two-lane highways are generally installed
as single boxes. Call boxes on divided highways with four lanes
are installed in pairs on opposite sides of the highway.
For more information, please contact Alexis
Pedrotti, Call Box Coordinator.
Photos by Alexis Pedrotti