News Story

 

Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation
8/27/2015 12:25:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation

Report Number:

 

Location:

Thousand Oaks, CA

Date & Time:

August 29, 2015, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police - Traffic Bureau

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City of Residence

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Narrative:

 

 

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 August 29, 2015, 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 operators of both 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.  Over the course of the past three years, motorcycle involved collisions have resulted in seven fatal and injury crashes.

 

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. 

 

Safety tips for riders ' See and Be Seen:

         Ride with lights on during daylight hours

         Use your lane position to increase visibility; change lanes only when there is ample room

         Match your speed to surrounding traffic

         Always wear a DOT compliant helmet and brightly colored, protective clothing

 

Safety tips for drivers ' Share the Road:

         Look twice for motorcyclists, especially when entering the roadway, turning or changing lanes

         Motorcyclist are allowed in HOV lanes unless prohibited by signage

 

Riders are urged to get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at http://www.californiamotorcyclist.com/  or 1-877-RIDE 411 (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.' 

 

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Prepared by:

Brad Clifton, Sergeant

 

News Story Date:

August 27, 2015

 

Follow-Up Contact:

Brad Clifton, Sergeant

brad.clifton@ventura.org

 

 

Approved by:

Mike Hartmann, Captain