SUISUN CITY — Suisun City police will pay special attention to motorcyclists Saturday when they conduct a motorcycle safety enforcement operation as part of the department’s effort to lower the number of deaths and injuries caused by accidents that involve motorcycles.
Extra officers will patrol areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. They will look for violations made by drivers and riders that can lead to crashes, according to a news release from the Suisun City Police Department.
That will include making illegal turns, speeding and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which are the primary causes for motorcycle-involved crashes, according to collision data collected in California.
Suisun police are also asking motorists to be on the alert and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes, according to the release.
Motorcycle fatalities in the state dropped by 37 percent between 2008 and 2010, but then rose almost 18 percent in 2011, according to statistics collected by the California Office of Traffic Safety.
New motorcycle riders are urged to get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at www.CA-msp.org or by calling 877-743-3411.
Suisun City’s police department is just one of many departments across the state that have organized these operations for the past three years. Funding for the program is from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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