Motorcycle Safety

Motorcycle safety stakeholders, including OTS, CHP, Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and other representatives of the SHSP “Motorcycles” Challenge Area have proposed new actions in the effort to reduce motorcycle collisions, injuries and fatalities. Activities include, enhancing the motorcycle safety awareness component in driver education courses, encouraging the use of proper protective equipment for riders, outreach to un-endorsed motorcycle owners offering “refresher” rider training courses, consideration of motorcycle safety in roadway design.

MOTORCYCLE SAFETY PROGRAM AREA GOALS

  • Reduce the number of motorcyclists killed in traffic collisions
  • Reduce the number of motorcyclists injured in traffic collisions
  • Reduce the number of motorcyclists killed in alcohol-involved collisions
  • Reduce the number of motorcyclists injured in alcohol-involved collisions

2018 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

HAVE A GOOD RIDE (HAGR) IV

California Highway Patrol
Californians are drawn to motorcycles for scenic riding as well as commuting, so sharing the road is more important than ever. The Have a Good Ride IV, motorcycle safety grant was developed to bring awareness to drivers and motorcycle riders to reduce motorcycle-involved collisions. Over 120 enforcement operations were conducted on problematic roadways focusing on various primary collision factors. These operations yielded approximately 433 motorcycle citations, 49 suspended or revoked licenses, 32 motorcycle license endorsement violations, and 19 felony arrests. In addition to enforcement, CHP officers conducted motorcycle safety presentations to groups of new and current riders and distributed educational materials at public events. Statewide, CHP conducted 80 educational presentations, reaching approximately 13,000 people, and ran a highly successful media campaign utilizing a CHP public service announcement titled, “Survive the Ride,” on television with live on-air interviews, in news sponsorships, in movie theaters, and on gas station pump toppers.

RIDE TO LIVE MOTORCYCLE EDUCATION GRANT

Hawthorne Police Department
Hawthorne Police Department provided 12 hands-on Motorcycle Training Courses in FFY 2018, the “Ride to Live” and “Ride to Live Canyon” courses. These courses were free and open to the general public. They were designed to reduce deaths and injuries by educating riders on various riding techniques. Motor officers from the department taught the 8-hour courses where activities included proper manipulation of clutch and throttle in order to work the “friction zone”, emergency braking, proper use of head and eyes when turning a motorcycle, precision maneuvering, counter-steering, obstacle/collision avoidance, and curve negotiation. In all, Hawthorne Police Department educated 330 participants.

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