Long Beach
Police Department

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Long Beach, CA 90802
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On Sunday April 26, 2015, the Long Beach Police Department's Traffic Section conducted a Motorcycle Safety Operation.  During the five-hour operation, motor officers patrolled throughout the city looking for unsafe driving by motorcyclists, as well as drivers who were operating vehicles unsafely around motorcycle riders. Officers took the following enforcement actions: 

  • Cited forty-four (44) motorcyclists for unsafe driving and/or non DOT approved helmet
  • Cited five (5) drivers for unsafe driving
  • Cited one (1) motorcyclist for a suspended license

Motorcycle fatalities saw a phenomenal drop of 37% from 2008 to 2010, but then rose 23% by 2012.  Operations like this are aimed at curbing a further rise in motorcycle deaths, and sending the numbers back downward.  Over the course of the past three years, motorcycle involved collisions have resulted in 15 fatal and approximately 277 injury crashes in the City of Long Beach.

California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs by both riders and drivers alike.  

Safety tips for riders – See and Be Seen: 

  • Ride with lights on during daylight hours
  • Use your lane position to increase visibility; change lanes only when there is ample room
  • Match your speed to surrounding traffic
  • Always wear a DOT compliant helmet and brightly colored, protective clothing

Safety tips for drivers – Share the Road:

  • Look twice for motorcyclists, especially when entering roadway, turning or changing lanes
  • Motorcyclist are allowed in HOV lanes unless prohibited by signage
  • Riders are urged to get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available online or 1-877 RIDE 411 (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. The message to all drivers and motorcyclists is: share in the responsibility and do your part by safely "sharing the road."