Long Beach
Police Department

Media Relations
400 W. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-5273
2/20/2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 2015
Subject:
IMPROVING MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AIM OF OPERATION
Careless motorists as well as riders get special scrutiny
Contact:
Media Relations
(562) 570-5273






The Long Beach Police Department will conduct a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on February 22, 2015, in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be on duty to patrol areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occurred. Officers will look for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes. Officers will be cracking down on both those operating regular vehicles and 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 any more raises in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers back downward. Over the course of the past three years, motorcycle involved collisions have resulted in 15 fatal and approximately 277 injury crashes.


California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning, and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs by both riders and drivers.


Long Beach Police encourage you to practice the following:
Safety tips for drivers – Share the Road:

  •        Look twice for motorcyclists, especially when entering the roadway, turning, or changing lanes
  •        Motorcyclists are allowed in HOV lanes unless prohibited by signage



Safety tips for riders – See and Be Seen:
    

  •  Ride with lights on during daylight hour
  •  Use your lane position to increase visibility; change lanes only when there is ample room  
  •  Match your speed to surrounding traffic  
  • Always wear a DOT compliant helmet and brightly colored protective clothing

Riders are urged to obtain training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available online 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.”