LAPD to Step Up Motorcycle Safety Enforcement
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA- The Los Angeles Police Department is stepping up its motorcycle safety enforcement. The LAPD will dispatch extra officers to patrol areas of the city where motorcycle accidents frequently occur two or three times a month, according to Officer Don Inman. Topanga Canyon, Crenshaw Boulevard, the San Fernando Valley and Pacific Coast Highway are among the areas that will be patrolled more carefully for traffic violations. Officers will be looking for traffic violations made by motorcyclists and also by drivers of other vehicles who make unsafe lane changes and turns that put motorcyclists at risk.
Inman, the traffic grant coordinating officer, said that the sole purpose of these patrols is to look for motorcycle violations and other motorist violations in front of motorcycles. He stressed that the eight hour patrol stints are not to punish motorcyclists, but rather to protect their lives while they ride.
The city set up the patrol after the California Office of Traffic Safety published several statistics. They found that motorcycle fatalities increased 91% between 2000 and 2008. In Los Angeles County alone, motorcycle traffic accidents increased 62% between 2004 and 2008. The LAPD’s increased motorcycle safety enforcement project is funded by a $100,000 grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety that runs through September 30, 2010.
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