SAN FRANCISCO: The police department in San Francisco will be paying special attention to motorcycle safety for the rest of the year in an effort to eradicate deaths and injuries.
Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers will be will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes.
The SFPD say they will be cracking down on both those operating regular vehicles and motorcycles who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns, or any other dangerous violation.
Motorcycle fatalities saw a phenomenal drop of 37 percent from 2008 to 2010, but then rose 23 percent by 2012. The good news was that although there was a total of 375 collisions last year, non of those included a loss of life. This operation is aimed at cutting those collisions and keeping deaths at zero.
Data from the SFPD breaks down the figures for motorcycle collisions in 2013 as follows:
Collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs.
The San Francisco Police Department is also reminding all motorists to always be alert and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes. Drivers should be aware that motorcycle lane splitting is not illegal if done in a safe and prudent manner. Motorcycle riders should consult the Lane Splitting General Guidelines to learn more – www.ots.ca.gov/lanesplittinggeneralguidelines.pdf.
FUNDING AND TRAINING
Funding for the clampdown program will be provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Riders can get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations is also available by calling 1-877 RIDE 411 or 1-877-743-3411.
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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