[ABATE Local 6 Elist] Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation EL CAJON
nemecek at san.rr.com
Tue Jul 16 16:02:42 PDT 2013
FYI … info forwarded by Monica. Just a heads up if you are in El Cajon on August 2, 2013.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT: Lt. R. Soulard 619-593-5719
The El Cajon Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on 8-2-13 in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. 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 passenger vehicles and motorcycles who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns, or any other dangerous violations.
Motorcycle fatalities dropped 37 percent from 2008 to 2010, but rose nearly 18 percent in 2011. Operations like this are aimed at curbing rises in motorcycle deaths.
In the City of El Cajon during 2011 there were 11 motorcycle collisions that resulted in 2 fatalities and 12 motorcyclists injured. During 2012 there were 19 motorcycle collisions that resulted in 21 motorcyclists injured.
California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning, and impairment due to alcohol and drugs. The El Cajon Police Department is also reminding all motorists to always be alert and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes.
In the near future, there is likely to be more miles driven by all vehicles on the road. In addition, many more novice motocycle riders are taking to the roadway. Some of these new riders are inexpeienced and untrained on motorcycle safety.
The message to all drivers and motorcyclists is to share in the responsibility and do your part by safely “sharing the road.” 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.
PREPARED BY: Lt. R. Soulard
DIVISION: Special Enforcement / Traffic
DATE AND TIME: 07/16/2013, 2:00pm
REVIEWED BY: Sgt. M. Conlon
Jim Redman, Chief of Police
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