News Story


Thousand Oaks Traffic Bureau - Motorcycle Safety Operation
9/14/2016 2:13:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Motorcycle Safety Operation

Report Number:



City of Thousand Oaks

Date & Time:

September 18, 2016, 8:00 am to 2:00 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


In an effort to decrease deaths and injuries, the Thousand Oaks Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on September 18, 2016.  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 when violations of traffic safety laws occur.


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 five 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 such rises in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers lower.  Over the course of the past three years in the city of Thousand Oaks alone, motorcycle involved collisions have resulted in four fatalities and six other riders were injured. 


Last week, September 5th, a local motorcycle rider was involved in a collision when he failed to negotiate a turn on Lynn Road east of Reino Road and fell.  His motorcycle then struck a pedestrian who was walking on the sidewalk, seriously injuring the pedestrian.  The motorcycle rider was also injured in the 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.' 


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Prepared by:

Sergeant Brad Clifton


Media Release Date:

September 14, 2016


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Brad Clifton



Approved by:

Captain Jim Fryhoff



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).