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Oakdale, CHP Focus On Motorcycle Safety
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Extra officers with the Oakdale Police Department will be on patrol May 7 from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. looking specifically for violations made by drivers and motorcycle riders.

The top primary crash factors for motorcycles are unsafe speed, improper turning, right-of-way violations, driving under the influence and unsafe lane changes. Speeding is the most common, accounting for nearly a third of all crashes in the state.

To help protect you and your family, authorities suggest keeping a few simple tips in mind while driving or riding.

 

Drivers

• Always check twice for motorcycles in your mirrors and blind spots.

• Use your signal when changing lanes.

• Never follow a motorcycle too closely. Always keep a safe distance.

• When at an intersection, allow enough space before turning.

 

Motorcyclists

• Always wear a DOT compliant helmet and protective gear.

• Consider adding reflective tape to make it easier for other drivers to see you.

• Always keep your lights on, even during the day.

• Don’t assume drivers see you: signal well in advance before changing lanes and watch for turning vehicles.

• Although lane splitting is legal, the practice is not encouraged at high speeds in free-flowing traffic.

 

Oakdale Police will hold another motorcycle safety enforcement operation later in the summer months.

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

Meanwhile, with the days getting longer and temperatures on the rise, motorcycle riders are making their way up and down the state highways. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) emphasizes the importance of paying close attention to a motorcycle rider’s location, sharing the roadway, and working together to keep all motorists safe as we travel throughout the state.

“Motorcycle riders statistically face greater danger than other motorists,” said CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray. “Safe riding practices and cooperation from all road users will greatly help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries.”

In 2020, the CHP responded to approximately 6,500 crashes involving a motorcycle. Nearly 80 percent of those crashes involved an injury and 328 motorcyclists tragically lost their lives.

As part of May’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the CHP will employ education and enforcement efforts to help call attention to the dangers and vulnerabilities motorcyclists face on the road.

As motorcyclists are often vulnerable on the road and may be difficult to see, riders should always be keenly aware of their surroundings, follow all traffic laws, and wear protective clothing, including a legally required U.S. Department of Transportation-approved helmet.

To help both new and experienced riders understand the laws and refine their safe riding skills, the CHP oversees California’s official motorcycle training program. Students who pass the California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP) will be issued a Certificate of Completion of Motorcycle Training, which may be used to waive the motorcycle skills test at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Graduates would only be required to pass the DMV knowledge test to receive the motorcycle endorsement. For more information or to register for a CMSP training course near you, visit https://motorcyclesafetyca.com.