Deputies to Watch for Motorcycle Violations on Sunday

Extra patrols will be made in areas frequented by motorcyclists.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
From the Orange County Sheriff's Department: 

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on May 25 in an effort to lower motorcycle deaths and injuries. 

Extra deputies will be on duty patrolling areas where motorcycle accidents frequently occur and looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes.  They will also be cracking down on those operating both regular vehicles and motorcycles that are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns and any other dangerous violation.

Motorcycle fatalities saw a phenomenal drop of 37 percent from 2008 to 2010, but then rose 23 percent by 2012. From 2012 to 2013 there were 131 injuries and 5 fatalities from collisions involving motorcycles in the Orange County Sheriff’s Department contracted areas. California collision data reveals the primary causes of these crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs. 

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is reminding all motorists to always be alert and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes.  Drivers should be aware that motorcycle lane splitting is not illegal if done in a safe and prudent manner.  Motorcycle riders should consult the Lane Splitting General Guidelines at www.ots.ca.gov/lanesplittinggeneralguidelines.pdf. Remember, share in the responsibility and do your part to safely “share the road.” 


Riders can get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at www.CA-msp.org or 1-877 RIDE 411 or 1-877-743-3411.


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

S L S May 23, 2014 at 04:35 PM
"Share the Road" should fall EQUALLY on the Motorcyle riders as well as the drivers of cars. It seems that it is all being pushed on cars to be mindful of the mototcycles - why should the motorcycles be entitled to do things on the road that cars are not? If I have a small car, can I split lanes???
concerned parent May 23, 2014 at 04:41 PM
I've experienced plenty of lane splitting motorcyclists and would be hard pressed to remember a time when it was done safely. This is something that should be illegal--it's amazing to me that so many motorcyclists are so cavalier about their own safety.
Smedge May 25, 2014 at 02:35 AM
Motorcyclists split lanes because it IS legal to do so, and because they are capable of doing it. I'll admit, some do it more safely than others. It's obvious, and we should all know this, that not even the smallest car ever made could split lanes without a collision. It's common sense. So get used to it. It will NEVER be outlawed, I guarantee it.


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