MAXIMUM Enforcement Operation
GOOD RIDE (HAGR) GRANT
California, which is
home to more than
Highway Patrol of the Arrowhead Headquarters/Running
Springs station, will conduct a Maximum Enforcement Operation Friday through
Monday Memorial Day.
In 2013, motorcycle collisions resulted in 475
fatalities and 13,143 injured victims. In 2012, 467 people were killed and
12,617 were injured.
Nationwide, motorcyclists made up 14 percent of
all vehicle-related fatalities in 2013, up from about 9 percent in 2004,
according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data.
“Surviving the ride must be foremost in the mind
of every motorcyclist. This means taking a motorcycle safety course, wearing
the proper gear, using a Department of Transportation compliant helmet and
staying alert,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said. “Every vehicle has its place
on the road, but motorcyclists face additional dangers because motorcycles
require exceptional handling ability and are more difficult to see.”
During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month – and
throughout the year – all road users are reminded to safely "share the road"
with motorcyclists, and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe.
That message is most important in California,
which is home to more than 830,000 registered motorcycles – the most of any
state – and more than 1.4 million motorcycle riders.
SAFETY REMINDERS FOR MOTORCYCLISTS
Wear the proper safety gear at all times,
including a DOT-compliant helmet
Obey the speed limit – excess speed is the most
common rider-related factor in motorcycle related crashes
Don’t drink and ride – DUI is a leading cause of
Ride within your own limits – don’t be a victim
of peer pressure
Ride defensively – assume other drivers don’t see
Survive the ride
The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest
level of Safety, Service, and Security to the people of California.