CHP on SR-18  

MAXIMUM Enforcement Operation 



California, which is home to more than

830,000 registered motorcycles ……


California 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.


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 motorcycle crashes

Ride within your own limits – don’t be a victim of peer pressure

Ride defensively – assume other drivers don’t see you

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.