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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Tuesday May 4th, 2021 :: 12:19 p.m. PDT


National Motorcycle Safety Month

Nature of Incident: National Motorcycle Safety Month
Location: Ventura County, Ca
Date & Time: May, 2021
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Police Department Traffic Bureau
Check Twice for Motorcycles: May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Ventura County, Ca. — May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office reminds drivers to check twice for motorcycles.
“It’s important for drivers to understand motorcycle rider behaviors and learn how to drive safely around riders,” says Sergeant Paul Richards. “Motorcycle riders are more vulnerable and have much less protections as those in vehicles do, which is why it is critical for drivers to be mindful of those on two wheels.”
Motorcycle riders are 28 times more likely to die in a crash than vehicle occupants. In 2019, there were 474 motorcycle deaths on California roads.
To help protect you and your family, keep the following tips in mind while driving or riding:
Drivers Motorcyclists
  • Always wear a DOT compliant helmet. Learn how to identify a safe helmet that fits on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.
  • Wear appropriate gear like leather clothing, boots with nonskid soles and gloves. Consider adding reflective tape to your clothing to make it easier for other drivers to see you.
  • Ride defensively. Don’t assume a driver can see you. Try staying out of a driver’s blind spot.
  • Always keep your lights on, even during the day.
  • Signal well in advance before changing lanes and watch for turning vehicles.
Lastly, both drivers and riders should never drive/ride under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Prepared by: Sgt. Paul Richards  
News Release Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Paul Richards (805) 388-5132
[email protected]
Approved by:
Capt. Shane Matthews  

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93003

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