SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operations to reduce deaths and injuries that stem from motorcycle collisions. According to a press release Canyon News received from Lt. Saul Rodriguez from the SMPD, officers will be looking for various violations made by drivers and riders that can lead to motorcycle crashes.

Officers will be cracking down on both those operating regular vehicles and motorcycles that are violating traffic safety laws. Field enforcement operations are scheduled for Wednesday, August 23 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday, August 25, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Officers will be on the lookout for violations by drivers and riders that can lead to life altering injuries.

California collision data reveals that the primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs by both riders and drivers alike. Special enforcement efforts will be directed to these and similar violations. Motorcycle fatalities rose dramatically in the State of California by over 28 percent from a decade low of 352 in 2010. The SMPD has identified locations within the city where motorcycle collisions are prevalent, along with the violations that led to those collisions. Officers will be on duty patrolling areas where motorcycle traffic collisions occur often.

Motorcycle riders and regular motorist are reminded to share the road and to look twice before changing lanes. Riders are urged to get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at 1-877-RIDE-411 (1-877-743-3411) or Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.