LBPD to Conduct Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation Saturday

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The Long Beach Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Saturday, June 30, 2012, in an effort to continue lowering the deaths and injuries of motorcyclists involved in collisions. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle collisions occur. Officers will be cracking down on traffic violations committed by motorcyclists, as well as on other motorists that can lead to collisions causing injuries and fatalities.

While motorcycle fatalities had been on the rise in California, increasing 175 percent in the last decade killing 204 in 1998 to 560 in 2008, the trend has changed. In 2009, California experienced a 29.6 percent reduction with 394 motorcyclists killed, and preliminary 2010 numbers indicating another 10 percent drop to 353 motorcyclists killed. In 2010, 5 motorcyclists were killed in the City of Long Beach, with 132 motorcyclists being injured. In 2011, the number of motorcycle fatalities remained the same, but the number of injuries increased by 15.9% with 153 motorcyclists injured.

California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning, and impairment due to alcohol and/or other drugs. The Long Beach Police Department is also reminding all motorists to be alert at all times and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes.

Some of the reduction in riders killed may be attributed to fewer improperly licensed riders. In 2008, 62.7 percent of motorcycle operators killed under age 25 were not properly licensed. In 2009, that statistic fell to 45.5 percent. Riders, young and old, are encouraged to obtain proper licensing and seek training and safety information.

“The terrible trend of rising motorcyclist fatalities has been reversed, though there is more that everyone can do to save more lives. Riders and drivers need to respect each other and share the road,” said California Office of Traffic Safety Director, Christopher J. Murphy.

Riders 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 this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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