May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Posted on 05/23/2016

RPD to conduct enforcement, encourage rider training

Careless motorists as well as riders get special scrutiny

The Redlands Police Department will be conducting specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operations in May 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 violating traffic safety laws.

As part of the safety operations, Redlands Police conducted a specialized enforcement on May 12 that resulted in 29 drivers stopped and 24 citations issued. A second enforcement operation is scheduled May 25.

Motorcycle fatalities jumped dramatically in California by over 28 percent from a decade low of 352 in 2010. In 2013, 453 motorcyclists lost their lives, which is at a 5 year high. California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs by both riders and drivers alike. 

Operations like this are aimed at curbing any more rises in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers back downward. Since 2014, motorcycle involved collisions have resulted in 51 injury crashes and one fatality in Redlands.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month – Refresher Training

Riders are urged to get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at http://www.californiamotorcyclist.com/  or 1-877 RIDE 411 (1-877-743-3411).

A special Refresher Training for Experienced Riders is being offered May 14th and 15th only. To participate in the refresher training program, experienced riders with a motorcycle endorsement on their valid California driver’s license are invited to bring their street-legal motorcycle, along with proof of registration and insurance, to participating CMSP training sites. Classes will run from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Admission fees will vary between $65 to $100, depending upon location. More information about CMSP’s experienced rider refresher training classes can be found at http://cmsp.msi5.com/

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.”