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Police Crackdown on Motorcycle Safety Laws

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The Rancho Cordova Police Department will be conducting specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operations throughout the remainder of the summer months in an effort to lower traffic related deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas within Rancho Cordova that are 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 standard vehicle operators and motorcyclists who violate laws against speeding, illegal turns, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and any other dangerous violation, as California collision data reveal the primary causes of motorcycle-involved collisions include speeding, unsafe turns and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs.  

Statistics revealed that motorcycle fatalities had a phenomenal drop of 37 percent from 2008 to 2010, but then rose 23 percent by 2012. Operations like this are aimed at curbing rises in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers back downward.

The Rancho Cordova 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.

Riders can obtain 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."