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Improving motorcycle safety aim of Folsom Police Department operation

By: Staff Report
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The Folsom Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation during the month of May in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.

Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur, said Folsom Police Sgt. Kirk Morris.

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, making illegal turns or any other dangerous violation, Morris said.

According to Folsom police officials, 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.

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

Morris said the message to all drivers and motorcyclists is to “share in the responsibility and do your part by safely sharing the road.”

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

For more information and motorcycle training locations, visit CA-msp.org or call 1-877-743-3411.