Berkeley Police Conduct Special Enforcement Operation for Motorcycle Safety

by Staff Blogger | August 1st, 2011

August 1, 2011

Police in the city of Berkeley, California (BPD) held a special traffic enforcement operation Saturday, focusing on the safety of motorcyclists along the state’s roadways. In order to reduce the number of motorcycle accidents, which often cause death or injuries, patrols were stationed in areas known to be prone to more frequent motorcycle accidents.

In these targeted areas, officers watch both vehicles and motorcyclists for violation of safety regulations, such as speeding, unsafe turning, and driving under the influence.

These special patrols were funded by Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety. These grants allow selected departments to purchase new equipment to educate the public on safety and enforce safety laws.

Officers say the best way for motorcycle enthusiasts to educate themselves is to attend one of the state’s rider training courses, which focus on safe handling and proper maneuvering of the bike, as well as special laws pertaining to motorcycles. More information on the programs can be found at www.CA-msp.org or by calling 1-877-RIDE. The organization responsible for the training, the California Motorcyclist Safety Program, has their annual Advisory Committee Meeting scheduled for later this month, and will discuss the current state of the program and future endeavors the group may get involved in.

California Motorcycle Accident Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers understand the importance of these programs, as California ranks in the top three states for motorcycle fatalities. Founding attorney William Berg discusses the common causes and effects of California motorcycle accidents in a recent interview.