The Pittsburg Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Wednesday August 9, 2017 in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be 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, make illegal turns, or any other dangerous violation.
California motorcycle fatalities saw a phenomenal drop of 37 percent from 2008 to 2010, but then rose 31 percent by 2015. Efforts like these are aimed at curbing any more rises in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers back downward. Over the course of the past 3 years in Pittsburg, motorcycle involved collisions have resulted in 2 fatal and 28 injury crashes.
New riders are urged to get training through the California Motorcyclist Program. Information and training locations are available at http://www.californiamotorcyclist.com/ or 1-877-RIDE 411 (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 motorcyclist is: share in the responsibility and do your part by safety “sharing the road”.