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CORONA POLICE DEPARTMENT MOTORCYCLE SAFETY ENFORCEMENT

Post Date:05/13/2019 11:10 AM

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For Immediate Release
May 13, 2019

CORONA POLICE DEPARTMENT MOTORCYCLE SAFETY ENFORCEMENT

Corona Police Department Encourages Drivers and Riders to Share the Road

CORONA, CA– May is National Motorcycle Safety Month. To help raise awareness, the Corona Police Department will have extra officers out on patrol this month to look for violations made by drivers and motorcyclists that increase the risk of crashes.

The motorcycle safety enforcement operation aims at educating both motorcyclists and drivers on the rules of the road.Go Safely California

Motorcycle fatalities have jumped dramatically in California over the past decade. In 2017, there were 576 people killed in motorcycle crashes statewide, up nearly 17 percent from 494 in 2015. Since 2015, there have been 2 fatal and 60 injury motorcycle-involved collisions in the City of Corona.

Drivers should be alert for motorcyclists, as many motorcycle crashes are caused when drivers do not see them. Check your mirrors and blind spots, especially when merging, turning, or changing lanes.

Riders should make themselves visible by wearing brightly colored, protective clothing, and keeping lights on during the day. Riders should always wear a Department of Transportation compliant helmet and only change lanes when there is enough room to do so safely.

Although lane splitting is now legal, motorcyclists should be extra careful traveling between lanes, avoiding the practice next to large vehicles like big rigs, buses and motorhomes, and factoring in lane width, traffic flow, and roadway conditions.

All motorcycle riders, regardless of skill level, are encouraged to enroll in the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at www.CaliforniaMotorcyclist.com or calling 1-877 RIDE-411 (1-877-743-3411).

Funding for motorcycle safety enforcement operations is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

About the City of Corona: Corona is located adjacent to Orange County California at the junction of the 91 and 15 freeways with a population of more than 160,000 residents. For more information regarding the City of Corona visit www.CoronaCA.gov.

Media Contact
Sgt. Chad Fountain
Public Information Officer
951-736-2880
Chad.Fountain@CoronaCA.gov

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