• CHP Launches Safety Campaign During Super Bikes Races

    In an effort to curb motorcycle fatalities, the California Highway Patrol will be launching a motorcycle safety and awareness campaign from July 17 through July 19.  As many fans make their way to and from the Monterey Area for the busy weekend, officers hope drivers won’t take speeding beyond the tracks.

    There are currently more than 1.3 million licensed motorcycle riders in California.  In 2011, motorcycle collisions accounted for nearly 16 percent of all roadway fatalities – a 20 percent increase from the year before.

    An additional 10 percent increase was noted between 2011 and 2013, when 475 people died in motorcycle-involved collisions.

    Key to reducing the number of motorcycle collisions is training.  Regardless of a motorcyclist’s skill level, the CHP encourages riders to seek further training opportunities.

    The CHP reminds motorcyclists to:

    • Wear a helmet and protective gear.
    • Watch their speeds.
    • Assume people in cars do not see them.
    • Try to stay out of blind spots.

    According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, more than half of all fatal motorcycle   collisions involve another vehicle.  The CHP estimates more than one quarter of all fatal motorcycle-involved collisions occur within an intersection.

    The CHP and Office of Traffic Safety encourage other drivers to:

    • Give motorcycles extra room.
    •Look twice for motorcycles.
    • Remain extra vigilant when entering or crossing intersections.

    Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on July 13, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News


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