News Story

 

Motorcycle Safety Enforcement
5/15/2017 5:30:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Motorcycle Safety Enforcement

Report Number:

 

Location:

City of Camarillo

Date & Time:

May, 2017

Unit(s) Responsible:

Camarillo Police Department ' Traffic Bureau

 

 

Narrative:

Improving Motorcycle Safety Aim of Camarillo Police Department Operation

 

Careless motorists as well as riders get special scrutiny

 

The Camarillo Police Department will be conducting specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operations in May in an effort to reduce deaths and injuries.  Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes most often 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 that are violating traffic safety laws.

 

Motorcycle fatalities have 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 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 additional increases in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers back downward.  Since October 2014, motorcycle involved collisions have resulted in 2 fatal crashes and 31 injury crashes in the city of Camarillo.

 

In November 2016, there was a solo fatal traffic collision involving in a motorcyclist in Camarillo. The primary collision factor in this collision was unsafe speed by the motorcyclist.

 

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 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.' 

 

 

Prepared by:

Sergeant Sean Britt #3572

 

News Release Date:

May 15th, 2017

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Sean Britt #3572 ' 805-797-6439 ' william.britt@ventura.org

 

 

Approved by:

Captain Cory Rubright