Contact : Julia Engen, Commander 949-724-7112, email@example.com
IRVINE, CA (September 14, 2014) The Irvine Police Department will be conducting specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operations through the end of September aimed at reducing motorcycle collisions. Extra officers will be on patrol, looking for violations that can lead to motorcycle collisions.
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, motorcycle fatalities saw a phenomenal drop of 37 percent from 2008 to 2010, but then rose 23 percent by 2012. This operation, targeting carless motorists and riders, will support the statewide efforts to reduce injury and death as result of motorcycle-involved collisions.
California collision data reveals primary causes of motorcycle-involved collisions include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs by both riders and drivers. Irvine officers will be taking a zero-tolerance stance toward those operating regular vehicles and motorcycles committing any of these dangerous violations. The Irvine Police Department is also reminding motorists to always be alert and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes.
Training is available for riders 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. Their message to all drivers and motorcyclists is to share in the responsibility and, “Share the Road.”
IRVINE POLICE DEPARTMENT
One Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 724-7000 www.irvinepd.org
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Since its incorporation in 1971, Irvine has become a nationally recognized city, with a population of 242,651, spans 66 square miles and is recognized as one of America’s safest and most successful master-planned urban communities. Top-rated educational institutions, an enterprising business atmosphere, sound environmental stewardship, and respect for diversity all contribute to Irvine’s enviable quality of life. This family-friendly city features more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space and is the home of the Orange County Great Park – the first great metropolitan park of the 21st century. For more information, please visit cityofirvine.org.