The Long Beach Police Department’s (LBPD) Traffic Section conducted a Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on March 26. During the operation, motor officers patrolled throughout the city looking for unsafe driving by motorcyclists, as well as drivers who were operating vehicles unsafely around motorcycle riders. Officers took the following enforcement actions:
• Conducted 63 traffic-enforcement stops
• Cited 34 motorcyclists for unsafe driving
• Cited three motorcyclists for not having a motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license
• Cited 10 drivers for unsafe driving
• Cited two unlicensed drivers
Motorcycle fatalities jumped dramatically in California by over 28 percent from a decade low of 352 in 2010, according to the LBPD. In 2013, 453 motorcyclists lost their lives in California, a five-year high. Operations like these are aimed at curbing any more increases in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers back downward. Over the course of the past three years, motorcycle-involved collisions have resulted in 15 fatal and approximately 277 injury crashes in Long Breach.
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.