LASD crackdown on motorcycle safety slated for Monday

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Local sheriff’s deputies are scheduled to carry out a crackdown on motorcycle safety Monday, looking for violations made by drivers and motorcyclists that increase the risk of crashes.

Additional deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are expected to be brought in to help with the crackdown, called a motorcycle safety enforcement exercise.

The operation is expected to be carried out between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the city of Santa Clarita, according to a news release issued by the LASD.

The motorcycle safety enforcement operation aims at educating motorcyclists and drivers on the rules of the road.

Motorcycle fatalities have jumped dramatically in California over the past decade, according to the LASD news release.

In 2017, there were 576 people killed in motorcycle crashes statewide, up nearly 17 percent from 494 in 2015, it reports.

Over the past three years, collisions involving motorcycles have resulted in 950 fatal and injury crashes in the cities policed by the Sheriff’s Department.

Drivers should be alert for motorcyclists, as many motorcycle crashes are caused when drivers do not see them, the news release advises. Check your mirrors and blind spots, especially when merging, turning or changing lanes.

Riders should make themselves visible by wearing brightly colored, protective clothing and keeping lights on during daylight. Riders should also change lanes only when there is enough room and always wear a Department of Transportation compliant helmet.

Although lane splitting is legal, motorcyclists should be extra careful traveling between lanes, avoiding the practice next to large vehicles like big rigs, buses and motorhomes, and factoring in lane width, traffic flow, and roadway conditions.

All motorcycle riders, regardless of skill level, are encouraged to enroll in the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at http://www.californiamotorcyclist.com/  or calling 1-877 RIDE-411 (1-877-743-3411).

Funding for motorcycle safety enforcement operations is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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