Long Beach
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Long Beach, CA 90802
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The Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Sunday, March 26, 2017. During the operation, motor officers patrolled throughout the city looking for unsafe driving by motorcyclists, as well as drivers who were operating vehicles unsafely around motorcycle riders. Officers took the following enforcement actions:

• Conducted 63 traffic enforcement stops
• Cited 34 motorcyclists for unsafe driving
• Cited 3 motorcyclists for not having a motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license
• Cited 10 drivers for unsafe driving
• Cited 2 unlicensed drivers

Motorcycle fatalities jumped dramatically in California by over 28 percent from a decade low of 352 in 2010. In 2013, 453 motorcyclists lost their lives in California, which was at a five year high. Operations like these are aimed at curbing any more increases 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 in Long Breach.

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 alike.

Safety tips for riders – See and Be Seen:
• Ride with lights on during daylight hours
• 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

Safety tips for drivers – Share the Road:
• Look twice for motorcyclists, especially when entering the roadway, turning or changing lanes
• Motorcyclist are allowed in HOV lanes unless prohibited by signage

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.”