Imperial Valley residents have a new way to express concerns to the California Highway Patrol regarding community traffic issues.
The CHP's Imperial Valley resident advisory committee, a group of 12 citizens from across the county, has established a post office box to which residents can send comments and concerns.
"It's another avenue to broaden our communication (between the public and the Highway Patrol)," said El Centro area Highway Patrol commander Capt. Vince Calderon during Wednesday's committee meeting.
"For lack of a better word, the committee acts like a buffer zone between the community and us," Calderon said.
Some people aren't comfortable voicing their requests, concerns or opinions directly to uniformed officers, Calderon said.
A committee member will collect the mail daily and distribute letters to committee members in the same part of the county as the letter's subject.