Special motorcycle enforcement set to begin Friday

05/18/2014 7:02 PM

05/18/2014 7:09 PM

Additional patrols are scheduled throughout the Central Valley on Friday as part of the California Highway Patrol’s specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation.

Extra officers will patrol roads frequented by motorcycles and where crashes involving motorcycles are known to occur, the CHP said.

“Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes,” the CHP said in a news release.

Officers will be looking for drivers or motorcyclists who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, are speeding, or are committing any other dangerous violations, the release added.

Statewide, fatal victims of motorcycle-related crashes dropped 35 percent from 2008 to 2010, but climbed by 29 percent in 2012, the CHP reports. The most typical causes of such crashes involve speeding, unsafe turns and impaired driving, the CHP says.

“Operations like this are aimed at curbing any more rises in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers back downward,” the CHP said in the statement.

Traffic officials expect additional travel as the weather warms up and the economy improves. The CHP expects more novice motorcycle riders on roadways who are untrained and unable to handle the power of motorcycles.

The CHP reminds “all motorists to always be alert and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning or changing lanes.”

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

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