SSFPD Media Release: Operation Improving Motorcycle Safety

 South San Francisco, CA   August 12, 2016  Submitted by SSFPDSSFPD logo color

Improving  Motorcycle  Safety  Aim of South San Francisco Police Department  Operation


The South San Francisco Police Department wi ll be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Saturday August 13th, 2016 in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclist 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 that are violating  traffic safety laws.


Motorcycle fatalities jumped dramatically in California by over 28 percent  from a decade low of 352 i n 2010. In 2013, 453 motorcyclist 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  o alcohol  and other drugs by both  riders and drivers   alike.


Operations like this are aimed at curbing any more rises in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers back downward. Over the course of the past several years in South San Francisco, motorcycle-involved  collisions  have resulted  in several  fatal and  numerous  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 motorcyclist s, especially  when  entering the roadway, turning or

changing lanes

  • Motorcyclist 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    or  1-877 RIDE 41 1 (1-877-743-3411).


Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The message to all drivers and motorcyclists  is: share in the responsibility  and  do your part by  safely “sharing the  road.”

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