LBPD Issues Report on Recent Motorcycle Enforcement Operation

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On Saturday, December 10, 2011, the Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Division conducted a motorcycle enforcement operation from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. targeting areas that are frequented by motorcyclists and where collisions are known occur. In an effort to improve motorcycle safety, the officers assigned to this operation focused on enforcing moving and/or equipment violations pertaining to motorcyclists, as well as to stop motorcyclists and motorists who may be impaired. During this operation, the officers produced the following statistics:

  • 14 citations for helmet violations
  • 22 citations for modified exhausts
  • 15 citations for motorcycle moving violations
  • 2 citations for driving out of license class
  • 1 citation for suspended license
  • 3 citations for vehicle moving violations
  • 1 motorcycle was towed

Motorcycle fatalities have been on the rise in California, increasing 175 percent in the last decade, from 204 killed in 1998 to 560 killed in 2008. Fortunately there has been a statewide reduction by almost thirty percent since then with 394 motorcyclists fatalities reported in 2009, and the preliminary 2010 statistics indicate another drop of approximately ten percent to 353 motorcyclist fatalities. A portion of the reduction of the fatalities can be attributed to more motorcyclists being properly licensed. In 2008, 62.7 percent of motorcycle operators killed under the age of 25 were not properly licensed, and in 2009, that amount fell to 45.5 percent.

Although more motorcyclists are properly licensed than in past years, many still are not, and also lack the skills necessary to ride safely. Inexperience, speeding, and impairment due to alcohol or drugs are also contributing factors to a high number of motorcycle crashes. All riders are encouraged to seek training and safety information, which can be obtained through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at, or by calling 1-877-RIDE-411 or 1-877-743-3411.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Safety Administration.

For further information contact Traffic Section Sergeant Ernie Kohagura at (562) 570-5737.

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