*Advisory* LA Cnty Sheriff’s Increase Motorcycle Enforcement Dep’s Aimed at Reducing Motorcycle Crashes in Paramount



The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on May 16, 2014 in the city of Paramount in an effort to lower deaths and injuries to motorcycle riders. Extra deputies will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Deputies 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, 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 area policed by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, there was a 390 percent increase in motorcyclists injured over the last 13 years with 47 injured in 1998 and 184 in 2011. There was a 300 percent increase in motorcyclists killed over the same time period with 2 killed in 1998 and 6 killed in 2011.

California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs. The Los Angeles County 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.



Coordinated by:

Deputy Emerson

Lakewood Sheriff's Station

Sergeant Daniel A. Dail Traffic Services Detail

Risk Management Bureau Professional Standards Division

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (323) 890-5400 www.lasd.org Funding for these operations is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety http://www.ots.ca.gov/ through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration http://www.nhtsa.gov/



Forwarded by:

Captain Britta S. Steinbrenner

Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau - Newsroom

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

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