Last year there were 475 motorcycle fatalities and 13,143 injured victims. The previous year 467 people were killed and 12,617 motorcyclists made up 14 percent of ALL vehicle-related fatalities in 2013.
Surviving the ride must be foremost in the mind of every motorcyclist. This means taking a motorcycle safety course, wearing the proper gear, using a Department of Transportation compliant helmet and staying alert ,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow advises. “Every vehicle has its place on the road, but motorcyclists face additional dangers because their vehicles require exceptional ability and are more difficult to see.”
During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and throughout the year, all road users are reminded to safely “share the road” with motorcyclists and to be extra alert to keep motorcyclists safe. That message is most important in California which is home to more than 830,000 registered motorcycles….the most of any state and more than 1.4 million motorcycle riders.
The CHP passes along the following safety reminders for motorcyclists:
* Wear the proper safety gear at all times, including a DOT complaint helmet;
* Obey the speed limit because excess speed is the most common rider-related factor in motorcycle crashes;
* Don’t drink and drive…..DUI is a leading cause of motorcycle crashes;
* Ride defensively–assume other drivers don’t see you;
* Survive the Ride!
The Arrowhead Area CHP officers will be conducting a Maximum Enforcement Operation on Hwy. 18 on May 23 and 24. This program is partly funded by their “Have a good ride Grant.”