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California motorcycle fatalities decline, police still crack down

California is in the midst of a period of slight decline in motorcycle fatalities, as the number of deaths dropped 37 percent between 2009 and 2010. Compared to the 175 percent increase in motorcycle fatalities from 1998 to 2008, this change may be comforting to many California drivers, whether motorcyclists or otherwise. However, there is still more to be done to further prevent these devastating motorcycle accident fatalities.

Despite the recent decline in deaths related to motorcycle crashes, there were still 352 deaths caused by motorcycle accidents in California. Now, the Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation seeks to continue to reduce not only the rate of deaths, but the rate of collisions and injuries as well, by cracking down on both motorcyclists who are violating traffic laws as well as drivers of other vehicles violating these laws.

Part of the decrease has much to owe to these enforcements, typically in the greater enforcement of proper motorcycle licensing. Authorities say more riders are carrying the proper license to operate a motorcycle.

Recently, through the Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation, police officers worked to promote safety by increasing patrols in areas where motorcycle accident rates are high and motorcyclists are known to frequent. According to authorities, motorcycle accidents are frequently caused by speeding, unsafe turning, and impairment by alcohol or drugs.

Whether one is driving a motorcycle or another motor vehicle, following traffic laws works to prevent accidents of all kinds. Especially, as one member of the California Office of Traffic Safety reminds, it's very important to use caution when turning and changing lanes in areas of high traffic.

Source: The LookOut News, "Santa Monica Police to Enforce Motorcycle Safety," April 10, 2012

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