This week the Sacramento Police Department will be conducting a Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation in an effort to reduce the number of motorcycle related accidents and fatalities.
From the 16th to the 20th of August, the department will have additional officers in various locations of the City, enforcing traffic violations made by both vehicles and motorcyclists that can lead to collisions, injuries and fatalities.
According to the Office of Traffic Safety, motorcycle fatalities have been on the rise in California, increasing 175% in the last decade, rising from 204 killed in 1998 to 560 killed in 2008.
The Sacramento Police Department wants to remind motorcyclists to drive safely and defensively. Motorcyclists are also encouraged to seek training and to obtain the proper license endorsement to ride. All motorists are encouraged to slow down, not drive under the influence, and drive within your own limitations.
Rider's can get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at www.CA-msp.org or 1-877-RIDE411 (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.