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Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation Set For Santa Clarita

Updated: May 13, 2020

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is set to have extra deputies out on patrol on Monday, May 11 in the City of Santa Clarita, where they are set to be “looking for violations made by drivers and motorcyclists that increase the risk of crashes.”

“The motorcycle safety enforcement operation aims at educating both motorcyclists and drivers on the rules of the road,” reads a statement issued by the department Saturday.

Officials say that motorcycle fatalities have “jumped dramatically” in California over the past decade. In 2017, there were 576 people killed in motorcycle crashes statewide, which was up nearly 17 percent from 494 in 2015.

In the past three years alone, motorcycle involved collisions have resulted in 47 fatal and 895 injury crashes in the cities policed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which includes Santa Clarita.

“Drivers should be alert for motorcyclists, as many motorcycle crashes are caused when drivers do not see them,” Saturday’s statement reads. “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 the day. Riders should also change lanes only when there is enough room and always wear a Department of Transportation compliant helmet.”

All motorcycle riders, regardless of skill level, are encouraged to enroll in the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available here, or by 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, according to officials.

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