On Saturday, August 16, and Sunday, August 17, 2014, the Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a Motorcycle Safety Operation. During the five-hour operation each day, 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:
Motorcycle fatalities in California saw a phenomenal drop of 37% from 2008 to 2010, but then rose 23% by 2012. Operations like this are aimed at curbing rises in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers back 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 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 seek training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available online or 1-877 RIDE 411 or 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.”