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, July 16, 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.
Motorcycle fatalities had been on the rise in California, increasing 175 percent in 11 years, from 204 killed in 1998 to 560 killed in 2008. That trend has stopped and data shows a 30 percent decrease, to 394 motorcyclists killed in 2009. Despite this dramatic improvement, California remains one of three states that lead the nation in motorcyclist’s deaths.
California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs. The Escondido Police Department is also reminding all motorists to always be alert and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes.
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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