FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lt. T. Albergo, 760-839-4901
The Escondido Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation during the day on Saturday, August 6, 2011 in an effort to continue lowering deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers will looking for drivers and riders who are under the influence of drug or alcohol and cracking down on traffic violations made by motorcyclists as well as other vehicle drivers that can lead to motorcycle collisions, injuries and fatalities.
On Saturday, July 16, 2011, members of the Escondido Police Department Traffic Bureau conducted a motorcycle safety enforcement detail. The officers’ focus was on violations committed by motorcyclists and also by motorists in cars/trucks that violated a motorcyclist’s safety.
The officers made a total of 31 traffic stops, 10 of which were motorcyclists. Citations written included one cyclist riding a “wheelie” down Bear Valley Parkway, and another travelling over 75 MPH who did not have a valid license or motorcycle endorsement. The rider had no working gauges of any kind, and his passenger was sitting on a towel that was strapped to the fender. In the afternoon, a motorist was arrested for DUI, and hit and run. The driver had violated a motorcycle rider’s right of way, causing a collision, and then fled the scene. Citizens assisted the officer’s locating the suspect.
Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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