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Officers to crack down on unsafe motorcyclists

March 3, 2010

Officers to crack down on unsafe motorcyclists

ONTARIO – Police officers will conduct a specialized enforcement Friday aimed at unsafe motorcyclists and unsafe motorists.Officers on patrol will concentrate on areas where motorcyclists often ride, according to an Ontario police news release. The specialized patrols will begin at 5 p.m.

Fatalities of motorcycle riders have risen over the past 10 years, according to the release.

From October of 2007 and October 2009 there were two motorcyclists killed and 36 motorcyclists injured in collisions in the city.

Contributing factors to motorcycle crashes include speeding, lack of proper training and inexperience of new riders, according to the release.

Police remind all motorists to be aware of motorcycles especially when changing lanes and making turns.

Riders can get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information is available at www.CA-msp.org or 877-RIDE-411.

Funding for the operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 3, 2010 11:43 pm

    So who’s the person who gets to decide who is an ‘unsafe motorcyclist or motorist’. I’m sure there is a very solid scientific approach behind this enforcement policy. Yeah. This is going to be good. I have an psychic precognition here: Speeders are unsafe. That’s who and maybe the occasional idiot who choses to ride around without their helmet on. I wonder if I’m going to have to start carrying my MSF course completion card around with me, maybe that’ll give me a margin of +10 on the posted speed limit, ought to be good for at least that much, I’d say. Instead of trying to catch squids out there, they should focus their efforts on motorcycle rider education, safety awareness, and teach them people on four wheels how to spot one.

    I know this is in Canada, but it still ticks me off, because the thinking behind this is completely erroneous and just serves to waste tax payer money. It simply doesn’t work. Case in point: Georgia’s Super Speeder law. Everybody’s still driving like maniacs during certain times of the day. If the pattern has changed, it is so imperceptible that the whole mess just seems more of a way to fill the coffers than actually caring about motorists’ safety.

  2. goldiron permalink*
    March 4, 2010 12:02 am

    This is Ontario, California

  3. March 4, 2010 1:02 am

    Well, then my rant is in the right place then. 🙂 The CA in the link should have given that away… not that I followed it, I was too ticked off… :/

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