LBPD focuses on motorcycle safety with enforcement operations

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motorcycle awareness monthAs part of Motorcycle Awareness Month the Long Beach Police Department will be conducting specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operations during the month of May.

Motorcycle Awareness month is recognized throughout the country each year in May. LBPD’s motorcycle safety operations are part of an effort to lower deaths and injuries y using enforcement and education of motorcycle laws in Long Beach.

Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where collisions occur. Officers will also crack down on traffic violations committed by motorcyclists, as well as other vehicle drivers that can lead to motorcycle collisions, injuries and fatalities.

Motorcycle fatalities had been on the rise in California. A 175% increase over the last decade showed that motorcycle-related deaths rose from 204 in 1998 to 560 in 2008. However, preliminary numbers for 2009 show that the trend may be changing.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the California may see a 20% reduction in motorcyclists killed. In Long Beach, statistics indicate that motorcycle collisions accounted for almost 10% of all injury traffic collisions in 2009.

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 is also reminding motorists to always be alert and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes.

“Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than others sharing the road,” said California Office of Traffic Safety Director, Christopher J. Murphy. “Motorcyclists, per vehicle mile traveled, are 37 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash.”

Rider’s can get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at or 1-877 RIDE 411 or 1-877-743-3411.

Funding for the motorcycle safety and enforcement program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Any questions regarding these efforts should be directed to Sergeant Tom Marcoux of the Traffic Enforcement Section at (562) 570-7295.


One Response to “LBPD focuses on motorcycle safety with enforcement operations”
  1. Raymond "HR" Fleischman says:

    The purpose on May is Motorcycle Awareness Month (MAM) is to spend one particular month out of the year pounding motorists top “Be Aware, Motorcycles are out there”. I can see by this article that where the LBPD were talked to, the proponents of MAM are not even mentioned. I am one of many responsible for the creatiation and groth of this program in this State since 1996 and as happy as I am to see it’s growth it is as sad to see it used to target the Motorcyclist. Yes like any group on the road or in society we have “Good’uns and Bad’uns” but we have been getting collective safety shaft for years. While our legitimate “Right of Way” is constantly violated this is seldom pointed out in “News” reports on accidents, just wheather the rider wore a helmet. I have given countless hours of my time to promote MAM and it is a shame for the motorist to be a secondary consideration. The whole point IS to promote Awareness of the motorist to the motorcyclist’s presence, distracted driving IS, as stated by NHTSA, the single largest contributer to roadway mishaps. Motorcyclists are tired of dying for your right to drive poorly.