Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation Set for Jan. 18

The Menifee Police Department will conduct a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Jan. 18.

According to a news release from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, the program will be conducted in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas in Menifee 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.

Officers 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, according to the news release.

Motorcycle fatalities saw a drop of 37 percent from 2008 to 2010, but rose nearly 18 percent in 2011 and another 5 percent in 2012. Operations like this are aimed at curbing any further increase in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers back downward.

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

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.




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