Malibu is Prepared for summer Crowding on PCH, Canyons, Beaches and Trails and Asks Visitors to Be Mindful of the Community’s Peace, Safety and Environment
Summer is here, bringing large numbers of visitors to Malibu’s beaches and trails, and the City of Malibu is undertaking seasonal measures, messaging and coordinating with partner agencies to keep PCH, canyon roads, beaches and trails safe this summer.
DO NOT USE FIREWORKS!
All fireworks are illegal in County of Los Angeles except for professional, permitted displays. Illegal fireworks are extremely dangerous and can cause serious injuries, burns and wildfires. The possession or use illegal fireworks in LA County can result in fines up to $1,000 and up to a year in prison.
Never Leave Kids or Pets Unattended Inside Vehicles
Even during mild weather, the temperatures inside an unattended parked vehicle can reach critical levels. That can be deadly for kids and pets. According to the National Safety Council, almost 900 children have died from vehicular heatstroke in the United States since 1998. Pets left unattended in cars are vulnerable as well. A 2017 California law protects people from civil and criminal liability if they who break a car window to rescue animals from hot cars, if they are in imminent danger and the owner can't be found.
DON'T TEXT OR DRINK AND DRIVE!
Keep yourself and others safe, don't text or drink and drive so we can keep PCH and canyon roads safe for pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and residents. Celebrate responsibly: designate drivers, or use taxis or rideshares. Residents can request assistance from CHP with street racing by calling 323-259-3200. Report drunk drivers by calling 9-1-1.
Keep Our Beaches and Trails Clean - Pack It In, Pack It Out!
Malibu is committed to protecting the environment, and the Malibu lifestyle revolves around enjoying the natural beauty of our mountains and coast. Help keep Malibu clean and beautiful - please do not litter on beaches, trails, PCH and canyon roads. Find an appropriate trash container for your trash, and if you can't find one, take it with you.
Be Prepared for Heavy Beach Traffic - Sign Up for Traffic and Emergency Alerts
Plan ahead, and check traffic conditions on Sigalert before you hit the road so you can avoid traffic congestion. Sign up for the City’s emergency and traffic alerts (scroll down to “Alert Center” and select Traffic, Emergency or other alerts).
The City coordinates every year with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, California State Parks, Mountains and Recreation & Conservation Authority (MRCA), and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to prepare for summer crowds.
The City regularly funds a Sheriff’s Department Beach Team from Memorial Day to Labor Day to assist with enforcement on the beaches. This year, the City requested the Beach Team to start working on weekends early in anticipation of beach crowding amidst loosening of COVID-19 restrictions. The beach patrols are an important way to address alcohol consumption on the beaches, which is illegal, and thereby reduce drunk driving on PCH and canyon roads on busy beach days.
The MRCA has doubled patrols in its parks from Memorial Day to Labor Day. State Parks will have seven-day coverage and will also be monitoring and addressing litter. Beaches and Harbors increased staffing starting in mid-May to assist with parking, maintenance, and trash. CHP will continue to implement its Street Racing Task Force and will have two CHP units assisting with traffic control on PCH.
The City requests additional patrols by the Sheriff’s Department and the Sheriff’s Volunteers on Patrol (VOPs) during summer weekends.
Although the City does not control access to the state and county beaches in Malibu, the City wants to reassure the Malibu community that it is working with its partner agencies on messaging to visitors to Malibu about the importance of keeping PCH, canyon roads and beaches safe and clean for all.