The Santa Monica, California Police Department has scheduled a Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation for Saturday, March 29. Extra officers will be patrolling areas popular with motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes commonly occur. In an effort to reduce motorcycle crashes, the officers will be focusing on drivers of cars and trucks, as well as motorcyclists who are under the influence of drugs and alcohol, speeding, or otherwise driving dangerously. A similar operation took place earlier in March in Redondo Beach, CA, where there have been 15 injury collisions involving motorcyclists in the past twelve months.

There are 802,000 registered motorcycles in the state of California, and the California Highway Patrol takes the safety of those riders, and all who share the road, seriously. California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle involved crashes include unsafe left hand turns by other drivers, speeding,  and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs. Operations like this are aimed at curbing the number of motorcycle deaths.

The CHP administers the California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP) through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. More than 800,000 motorcyclists have completed this program, which consists of 15 hours of classroom instruction and on-cycle Basic Rider Course (BRC). The BRC is mandatory for riders under 21, and is recommended for all riders seeking a motorcycle endorsement on their California driver license.

The CHP is in the process of implementing a 12-month traffic safety grant, ending September 2014, to reduce motorcycle-involved collisions on popular roadways throughout the state. To maximize the proficiency of this effort, each CHP division will focus on problematic locations on roadways within their respective areas, where motorcycle collisions are the highest.

The Motorcycle Safety Program Unit has also released a video detailing proper and legal motorcycle safety helmets.

Collision Statistics

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, motorcycle fatalities in the state increased 175% over the ten-year period between 1998 and 2008. That number saw a phenomenal drop of 37 percent from 2008 to 2010, but then, sadly, rose 23 percent by 2012.

Clearly, safety initiatives are effective, but further motorcycle education needs to be provided, both to motorcyclists and other drivers.

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