- Saturday May 26th, 2012 :: 06:34 p.m. PDT
Extra Patrol for Motorcycle Safety
Motorcycle Safety Enforcement
For Immediate Release
Issue Date: May 14, 2012 Time: 8:30 AM
Contact: Sergeant Aaron Johnson 584-2600
Lieutenant Pat Strouse 584-2600
Rohnert Park - The Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Monday, May 28, 2012 in an effort to continue lowering deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers will be looking for drivers and riders who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol and cracking down on traffic violations made by regular vehicle drivers as well as motorcyclists that can lead to motorcycle collisions, injuries and fatalities.
After ten years of steadily increasing motorcycle fatalities in California, increasing 175 percent from 204 killed in 1998 to 560 killed in 2008, the trend has changed. Two consecutive years of fewer motorcycle fatalities – 394 in 2009 and 352 in 2010 – have resulted in a 37 percent decrease since the 2008 peak. This is positive trend that we want to see continue.
“As the weather begins to get warmer, the amount of motorcycles on the road will increase. With the increase of motorcycles on the roadway the likelihood of collisions will rise. If we can start the educational efforts early, hopefully we can help prevent injury collisions” stated Sergeant Aaron Johnson. In the last five years, the Department of Public Safety has had two motorcycle fatalities and over 20 injury collisions. “The reality is when you go down on a motorcycle, you are going to get hurt” stated Johnson.
California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs. The Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety is also reminding all motorists to always be alert and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes.
Some of the reduction in riders killed can be attributed to fewer improperly licensed riders. In 2008, 62.7 percent of motorcycle operators killed under age 25 were not properly licensed. In 2009, that statistic fell to only 45.5 percent. Riders, young and old, are encouraged to be properly licensed and to seek training and safety information.
“The terrible trend of rising motorcyclist fatalities has been reversed, though there is more that everyone can do to save more lives. Riders and drivers need to respect each other and share the road,” said California Office of Traffic Safety Director, Christopher J. Murphy.
Riders can get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at www.CA-msp.org 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.
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Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety
City Center Dr
Rohnert Park, CA 94928