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Thursday, May 21, 2015
OCSD to launch Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation during the Memorial Day weekend
Careless motorists as well as riders get special scrutiny
Posted By CotoBlogzz
Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (May 21, 2015) – Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation during the Memorial Day weekend in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.
According to OCSD spokesperson Emily Osterberg, extra officers will be on duty to:
Patrol areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur.
Looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes, including driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns, or any other dangerous infraction.
The argument for this type of initiatives is that motorcycle fatalities saw a phenomenal drop of 37% from 2008 to 2010, but then rose 23% by 2012. These operations are aimed at curbing further rises in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers back downward.
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.
The OCSD is reminding all motorists to always be alert and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes.
Riders can get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at www.CA-msp.org 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.