Crashes involving motorcycles are a major traffic safety concern in California. In 2021, 565 motorcyclist fatalities were reported, up 2.9% from 549 in 2020. Efforts to reduce motorcycle crashes, injuries, and fatalities include programs that provide education and/or hands-on motorcycle training to riders. The trainings allow experienced riders to hone their skills. Motorcyclist safety programs also include campaigns reminding riders of mandatory DOT-compliant helmet requirements, increasing other road users’ awareness of motorcycles, and campaigns to reduce impaired riding. Enforcement operations focus on drivers and riders who commit violations that increase the risk of crashes, including speeding, improper turning, running red lights, or failing to yield.
MOTORCYCLE SAFETY PROGRAM AREA GOALS
- Reduce the number of motorcyclists killed in traffic crashes.
- Reduce the number of motorcyclists injured in traffic crashes.
- Reduce the number of motorcyclists killed in alcohol-involved crashes.
- Reduce the number of motorcyclists injured in alcohol-involved crashes.