The Lodi Police Department will conduct a motorcycle safety enforcement operation today to continue lowering motorcycle related deaths and injuries.
Officers will patrol areas frequented by motorcyclists and areas where there are frequent accidents, looking for drivers and riders under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They'll also be cracking down on traffic violations by regular drivers and motorcyclists.
California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs. The Lodi Police Department is also reminding all motorists to always be alert and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes.
After 10 years of steadily increasing motorcycle fatalities in California, increasing 175 percent from 204 killed in 1998 to 560 killed in 2008, the trend has begun to reverse itself. Two consecutive years of fewer motorcycle fatalities — 394 in 2009 and 352 in 2010 — have resulted in a 37 percent decrease since the 2008 peak, according to the Lodi Police Department.
Some of the reduction in riders killed can be attributed to fewer improperly licensed riders. In 2008, 62.7 percent of motorcycle operators killed under age 25 were not properly licensed. In 2009, that statistic fell to only 45.5 percent. Riders, young and old, are encouraged to be properly licensed and to seek training and safety information.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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