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Improving Motorcycle Safety Aim of Moorpark Police Department Operations
12/1/2015 5:45:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Improving Motorcycle Safety Aim of Moorpark Police Department Operation

Report Number:



City of Moorpark

Date & Time:

December 6, 2015 from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Moorpark Police Department / Traffic Unit.

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

City of Residence






Careless motorists as well as riders get special scrutiny

The Moorpark Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on December 6, 2015 in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.  Extra deputies will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur.  Deputies 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 violating traffic safety laws.

Motorcycle fatalities jumped dramatically in California by over 28 percent from a decade low of 352 in 2010.  In 2013, 453 motorcyclists lost their lives, which is at a 5 year high.  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.

Operations like this are aimed at curbing increases in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers back downward.  Over the course of the past three years, motorcycle involved collisions have resulted in twelve injury crashes in the city of Moorpark.

On September 12, 2015, the Moorpark Police Department assisted CHP with a double fatality traffic collision on Moorpark Rd. south of Tierra Rejada Rd. just outside the Moorpark city limits.  This traffic collision involved a passenger car colliding with a bicyclist in the bike lane then in turn colliding with a motorcyclist on the roadway.  Both the bicyclist and motorcyclist were killed in this tragic traffic collision.



Safety tips for riders:

        See and Be Seen

        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

        Ride with lights on during daylight hours

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  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.'

Prepared by:

Senior Deputy Nolan Stoyko #2979


News Release Date:

December  4th, 2015


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Senior Deputy Nolan Stoyko. (805)532-2711.


Approved by:

Captain Stephen Wade, Chief of Police.



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