The Redding Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operations beginning on May 10th, 2013 and through out the month of May in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur.
Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes. They will be cracking down on both those operating regular vehicles and motorcycles who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns, or any other dangerous violation.
According to the Redding Police Department's press release, motorcycle fatalities saw a phenomenal drop of 37 percent from 2008 to 2010, but rose nearly 18 percent in 2011. Operations like this are aimed at curbing any more rises in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers back downward.
In 2012 Redding Police Department investigated 48 motorcycle involved collisions that resulted in 39 individuals injured and 2 fatalities.
The release also stated California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs. The Redding Police Department is also reminding all motorists to always be alert and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes.