Moreno Valley, Calif. — The warmer weather means a lot more motorcycles will be out on the road across California. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and Moreno Valley Police Department is taking the opportunity to remind drivers and motorcycle riders to share the road and look out for one another.
“Motorcycle riders are out in the open and are harder to see,” Moreno Valley Police Department, Gilbert Gonzalez, Traffic Sergeant said. “Drivers and riders should take extra precautions by keeping their distance and watching their speed.”
During the month of May, Moreno Valley Police Department will step up enforcement specifically geared toward stopping drivers and motorcycle riders for traffic violations that increase the risk of crashes.
With nearly 900,000 registered motorcycles in the state, Californians enjoy a hobby that can be challenging, and does not have the same protections as drivers in the event of a crash. In 2017, 576 people were killed in motorcycle crashes statewide, a nearly 17 percent increase from 2015.
Moreno Valley Police Department offers these best safety practices for drivers and motorcycle riders:
Moreno Valley Police Department encourages all motorcycle riders, new and experienced, to enroll in the California Highway Patrol’s motorcycle training course. For more information, or to find a training site near you, visit www.californiamotorcyclist.com .
Funding for motorcycle safety enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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