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Costa Mesa Police Department
Thursday May 30th, 2013 :: 03:51 p.m. PDT
Advisory

Motorcycle Safety Enforcement to be conducted June 1st through the 22nd in an effort to lower deaths and injuries

The Costa Mesa Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation June 1st-22nd in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes. They will be cracking down on both those operating regular vehicles and motorcycles who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns, or any other dangerous violation.

Motorcycle fatalities saw a phenomenal drop of 37 percent from 2008 to 2010, but rose nearly 18 percent in 2011. Operations like this are aimed at curbing any more rises in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers back downward.

Since January 2010, there have been 97 traffic collisions involving motorcyclists. In those collisions 91 people were injured and one was killed.

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

As the economy turns upward, there will likely be more miles driven by all vehicles, plus more novice motorcycle riders who are untrained and unable to handle the power of today’s motorcycles. 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.

The message we are sending to all drivers and motorcyclists is:
share in the responsibility and do your part by safely “sharing the road.”


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

Address/Location
Costa Mesa Police Department
99 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 714-754-5252

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