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LASD targets motorcycle safety

News release issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.       The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Tuesday, September 19, 2017,  in the city of Paramount, 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 violating traffic safety laws. Motorcycle fatalities jumped dramatically in California by over 28 percent from a decade low of 352 in 2010.  In 2013, 453 motorcyclists lost their lives, which is at a 5 year high.  California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs by both riders and drivers alike. Operations like this are aimed at curbing motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers back downward.  Over the course of the past 3 years motorcycle involved collisions, in the contract cities policed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, have resulted in 778 fatal and injury crashes. Safety tips for riders – See and Be Seen: *Use your lane position to increase visibility; change lanes only when there is ample room *Match your speed to surrounding traffic *Always wear a DOT compliant helmet and brightly colored, protective clothing *Ride with lights on during daylight hours Safety tips for drivers – Share the Road: *Look twice for motorcyclists, especially when entering the roadway, turning or changing lanes *Motorcyclists are allowed in HOV lanes unless prohibited by signage Riders are urged to get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program.  Information and training locations are available at https://www.californiamotorcyclist.com/  or 1-877 RIDE 411(1-877-743-3411). Funding for these operations is provided to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety https://www.ots.ca.gov/ through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration https://www.nhtsa.gov/.  The message to all drivers and motorcyclists is: share in the responsibility and do your part by safely “sharing the road.” MEDIA NOTES: To schedule an interview regarding the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Safety Operations, please contact Sergeant Robert L Hill at 323-890-5400 or via email at [email protected]. Forwarded by: Sheriff’s Information Bureau – Newsroom Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Hall of Justice – First floor 211 W. Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 213-229-1700 Website LASD HQ: https://www.lasd.org Recruitment LASD: https://www.careers.lasd.org Follow LASD HQ via Text and Email: https://www.Nixle.com https://nixle.com/lasd—los-angeles-county-sheriffs-dept-information-bureau-sib/ Twitter: @LASDHQ https://twitter.com/LASDHQ Twitter: @LASDtalk https://twitter.com/LASDTalk Twitter: @LASDvideos https://twitter.com/LASDvideos Twitter: @LASDespanol https://twitter.com/LASDespanol Facebook LASD HQ https://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartment Instagram LASD Photos: https://instagram.com/LASDHQ Pinterest LASD Photos : https://pinterest.com/lacountysheriff/ YouTube LASD Videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/LACountySheriff/videos?view=0 SNAP LA County: Specific Needs Disaster Voluntary Registryhttps://snap.lacounty.gov/ Alert LA County: Telephone emergency mass notification system https://www.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/alertla Text & Email, Register for LASD Nixle messages: To receive more detailed, up-to-date information via E-MAIL and/or TEXT directly from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), sign up for “Nixle” alerts at https://www.Nixle.com and register for “LASD – Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept Information Bureau (SIB)” AND your local LASD station area. Or, to receive URGENT TEXT ALERTS ONLY, text your zip code to 888777. Standard text messaging rates may apply depending on your calling plan. “If You See Something, Say Something” LA Crime Stoppers: Partner to prevent or report crime by contacting your local Sheriff’s station. Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website https://lacrimestoppers.org Jim McDonnell, Sheriff Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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