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Police crack down on unsafe motorcyclists and drivers

February 9, 2010

Police crack down on unsafe motorcyclists and drivers

FOUNTAIN VALLEY Police officials are planning to crack down on traffic violations by motorcyclists and drivers that commonly lead to collisions, injuries and deaths.

Extra police officers will patrol areas of the city frequented by motorcyclists and where crashes occur during the operation Friday.

Motorcycle fatalities have been on the rise in California, increasing 175 percent in the last decade – from 204 killed in 1998 to 560 killed in 2008, according to police. In the county, there have been 141 fatal motorcycle collisions and 3,445 injury collisions from 2004 to 2008.

Police attribute crashes to speeding and impairment, inexperience and improper licensing.

The crackdown is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Contact the writer: 714-796-7956 or epak@ocregister.com

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