Release Date: May 16, 2013
Modesto Police Department
Office of the Chief of Police
600 10th Street, Modesto, CA 95354
Author: Officer Scott Nelson
Improving Motorcycle Safety Aim of Modesto Police Department Operation
Careless motorists as well as riders get special scrutiny
The Modesto Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation in the month of June, in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle collisions occur. Officers will be looking for vehicle code violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes. Also, they will be enforcing violations 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 these fatality numbers back downward.
Over the last two years in the City of Modesto, there have been 2 motorcycle fatalities. Additionally, there were 78 other motorcyclists injured in crashes, in which 9 of those motorcyclists were injured in Alcohol involved Traffic collisions.
California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs. The Modesto Police Department is also reminding all 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. The message to all drivers and motorcyclists is: share in the responsibility and do your part by safely “sharing the road.” 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.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.