Motorcycle Safety Enforcement
updated: Jun 10, 2014, 10:45 AM
Source: Santa Barbara Police Department
Improving Motorcycle Safety Aim of Santa Barbara Police Department Operation
Careless motorists as well as riders get special scrutiny
The Santa Barbara Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement
Operation on June 11, 2014, 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 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. Operations like this are aimed at curbing any more rises in motorcycle deaths and sending the
numbers back downward.
During the past year in the City of Santa Barbara, there have been 51 motorcyclists injured in traffic
collisions and one motorcyclist fatality.
California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding,
unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs. The Santa Barbara 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 -
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. 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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