Police to patrol for careless drivers, riders
The Madera Police Department plans to conduct a Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Saturday in an effort to lower bike-related deaths and injuries.
Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes have occurred to look for violations by drivers and riders that can lead to motorcycle accidents, according to Sgt. Johnnie Smith. Police will crack down on those under the influence of drugs or alcohol, making illegal turns or committing other dangerous violations.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs, according to Smith. Motorcycle fatalities saw a phenomenal drop of 37 percent from 2008 to 2010, but rose nearly 18 percent in 2011, he said...