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Improving Motorcycle Safety Aim of Sheriff’s Department Operation in Norwalk


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By Nicole Amescua

The City of Norwalk, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, conducted a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Thursday, September 19, in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.

Extra officers were 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.

Officers were cracking down on both those operating regular vehicles and motorcycles where under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns, or any other dangerous violation.

Motorcycle fatalities saw a phenomenal drop of 37 percent from 2008 to 2010, but rose nearly 18 percent in 2011. Operations like this are aimed at curbing any more rises in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers back downward.

In the City of Norwalk, there were 16 motorcycle-involved collisions in 2011, with one fatality and 15 injuries.  In 2012, the number of collisions rose to 21, but the number of fatalities dropped to zero, with number of injuries dropping to 13.

California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs.  The Norwalk Sheriff’s Department is also reminding all motorists to always be alert and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes.

As the economy turns upward, there will likely be more miles driven by all vehicles, plus more novice motorcycle riders who are untrained and unable to handle the power of today’s motorcycles.  The message to all drivers and motorcyclists is: share in the responsibility and do your part by safely “sharing the road.”  Riders can get 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.

Note: This information was provided by the City of Norwalk for our readers.  The author is an employee of the City of Norwalk.

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