FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 2014
IMPROVING MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AIM OF LONG BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT OPERATION
Careless motorists as well as riders get special scrutiny
The Long Beach Police Department will conduct a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on August 16 and August 17, 2014, in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers will look for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes. They will crack down on those who are operating regular vehicles or motorcycles who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns or any other dangerous violation.
Motorcycle fatalities saw a phenomenal drop of 37% from 2008 to 2010, but then rose 23% by 2012. Operations like this are aimed at curbing increases in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers downward.
In Long Beach, there were 295 motorcyclists injured and 19 motorcycle fatalities during a three-year period from January 2011 to December 2013.
California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning, and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs. The Long Beach Police Department reminds all motorists to always be alert and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes. Drivers should be aware that motorcycle lane splitting is not illegal if done in a safe and prudent manner. Motorcycle riders should consult the Lane Splitting General Guidelines to learn more – www.ots.ca.gov/lanesplittinggeneralguidelines.pdf .
Riders may obtain training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at www.CA-msp.org or 1-877 RIDE 411 (1-877-743-3411).
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The message to all drivers and motorcyclists is: share in the responsibility and do your part by safely “sharing the road.”