HESPERIA-(VVNG.com): The Hesperia Sheriff’s Station in order to bring awareness to motorcycle safety is conducting a specialized motorcycle safety enforcement operation. This operation is aimed to lower the death and injuries caused as a result of motorcycle traffic collisions.
The special enforcement is set for January 30th, and there will be extra deputies that will be on duty patrolling for violations made by both drivers and riders that may lead to motorcycle crashes. During this enforcement, traffic safety laws will be enforced and those not following them will be cited.
Hesperia Station officials said that 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. The data shows that the primary causes are preventable and include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and/or drug use of riders and drivers.
Safety tips for riders – See and Be Seen:
- Use your lane position to increase visibility; change lanes only when there is ample room
- Match your speed to surrounding traffic
- Always wear a DOT compliant helmet and brightly colored, protective clothing
- Ride with lights on during daylight hours
Safety tips for drivers – Share the Road:
- Look twice for motorcyclist, especially when entering the roadway, turning or changing lanes
- Motorcyclist are allowed in HOV lanes unless prohibited by signage
Riders are urged to get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at https://www.californiamotorcyclist.com/ or 1-877 RIDE 411 (1-877-743-3411).
The California Office of Traffic and Safety is funding this special enforcement program through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.