The Oceanside Police Department will be holding a Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation this upcoming weekend. Department officials point out that the city has significantly higher rates of injury and death related to motorcycle incidents. They are hopeful the Operation will be a positive step toward changing that.
The Oceanside Police Department points out that statewide motorcycle related fatalities have finally begun to decrease. This, they said, is one trend they’d like to see continue. Statistics show that most motorcycle crashes are due to speeding, the driver being under the influence of alcohol or drugs or because they make unsafe turns.
Riders can increase their safety in a number of ways. Officers recommend motorcyclists take proactive steps to remain visible to other drivers, to refrain from driving while under the influence, to avoid riding in poor weather and to be sure to use turning signals. Using a Department of Transportation-compliant helmet, the use of reflective stickers and tape and wearing bright colored clothing are also recommended.
Drivers in vehicles are also encouraged to share the road responsibly. It is recommended to always check blind spots for motorcycles before merging or changing lanes, to refrain from driving while distracted and to allow ample distance between your vehicle and a motorcycle if one is driving in front of you.
The Motorcycle Safety Operation will take place on Aug. 13 and Aug. 14. Extra Oceanside Police Department officers will be on duty and will be targeting areas where crashes typically occur.