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Thousand Oaks Police Department Plans Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation
9/5/2014 11:45:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Motorcycle Safety Operation

Report Number:



City Of Thousand Oaks

Date & Time:

September 7, 2014, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Traffic Bureau

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence









Improving Motorcycle Safety Aim of Thousand Oaks Police Department Operation


Careless motorists as well as riders get special scrutiny


The Thousand Oaks Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on September 7, 2014, in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.  Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas 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.  They 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.


Motorcycle fatalities saw a phenomenal drop of 37 percent from 2008 to 2010, but then rose 23 percent by 2012. Operations like this are aimed at curbing any more rises in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers back downward.


In 2013, there were a total of 38 traffic collisions involving motorcycles in the City of Thousand Oaks.  Fifteen motorcyclists suffered injuries, and two motorcyclists were killed.  


California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs by both riders and drivers alike.  The Thousand Oaks 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 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. The message to all drivers and motorcyclists is: share in the responsibility and do your part by safely 'sharing the road.' 




Prepared by:

Sergeant Brad Clifton


Media Release Date:

September 5, 2014


Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Brad Clifton




Approved by:


Captain Ferguson