Always share the road and look for motorcycles, and look for extra officers on patrol this weekend as the Riverside Police Department aims at improving motorcycle safety for riders and other motorists.
Riverside Police Department said in a release that starting on Friday, March 24th and all weekend long they will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation, in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.
What this means is that you’ll see extra officers on duty patrolling the areas that are most frequented by motorcyclists and where the most motorcycle crashes occur. Officers will be looking for and cracking down on moving violations made by drivers and riders alike. Things that can lead to motorcycle crashes.
Over the few years motorcycle fatalities have dramatically risen in California by over 28 percent from a decade low of 352 in 2010. According to data the primary causes of motorcycle crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs by both riders and drivers.
Last year alone in the City of Riverside there were 91 motorcycle crashes that resulted in 91 injuries and 4 fatalities. So far, for 2017 there have already been 11 motorcycle crashes that included 11 injuries and 1 fatality.
Here a a few safety reminders and tips for riders – See and Be Seen:
· Use your lane position to increase visibility; change lanes only when there is ample room
· Match your speed to surrounding traffic
· Always wear a DOT compliant helmet and brightly colored, protective clothing
· Ride with lights on during daylight hours
And some safety tips for drivers – Share the Road:
· Look twice for motorcyclists, especially when entering the roadway, turning or changing lanes
· Motorcyclist are allowed in HOV lanes unless prohibited by signage
If you are a motorcycle rider, you are urged to get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Visit http://www.californiamotorcyclist.com/ or call 1-877 RIDE 411 (1-877-743-3411) for information and available training locations.