California Highway Patrol Seeks to Reduce Motorcycle Fatalities

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The California Highway Patrol (CHP) announced earlier this month that it plans to take several steps to meet the goal of reducing motorcycle collisions, injuries and deaths.

A yearlong series of public outreach campaigns are planned throughout the state, including the CHP’s month-long “Motorcycle Safety Awareness” campaign in May 2014. There will be at least 60 motorcycle safety and road-sharing presentations held at venues throughout California. The first of these presentations took place on November 5, 2013 at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar in San Diego. A major component of the outreach campaigns will be to emphasize the “Share the Road” message to educate motorcyclists and drivers alike about their shared responsibility of safety while on the road.

The move comes after the the CHP was awarded a motorcycle safety grant by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which just recently released a report showing that the number of motorcycle fatalities increased by 7.1% from 2011 to 2012.

“By raising awareness through a combination of grant-funded education and enforcement efforts, and reinforcing the concept of sharing the road, we hope to save lives,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.

According to the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, preliminary data for 2011 indicates there were 433 people killed in motorcycle-involved collisions, a 20 percent increase from the previous year. The 2011 data also shows more than 12,000 people were injured in similar collisions, a 10 percent increase from 2010. Overall, motorcycle collisions also increased by 10 percent from 2010 to 2011.

“Motorcyclists have all the same rights and responsibilities as any motor vehicle driver on the roadway,” added Commissioner Farrow. “Year-round, we urge the motoring public to keep an eye out for one another and safely share the road.”

Source:  CHP Press Release

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