May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month in California. In Ventura County, State Route (SR) 1 was identified as having a high number of collisions involving motorcyclists – some fatal. Many traffic collisions in California end in death or injury as a result of individuals speeding or driving aggressively. The California Highway Patrol (CHP), Ventura Area will deploy additional officers on SR 1 in an effort to reduce the number of motorcycle incidents or collisions resulting from unsafe speed, following too closely, unsafe lane changes, improper turning, and other primary collision factor violations by motorcyclists and other drivers.
Officers will also be looking for impaired drivers and enforce distracted driving violations made by drivers and motorcyclists. Enforcement operations will begin on Friday, May 20, 2016, and end on Sunday, May 22, 2016.
To assist the CHP in this traffic safety effort, Coastal Division has received a federally-funded grant titled, “Have A Good Ride II.” The CHP Coastal Division plans to hold future enhanced enforcement events and public education campaigns to increase drivers’ awareness of sharing the road with motorcyclists and motorcycle safety between now and September 30, 2016.
Statistical data from the CHP’s Ventura Area database showed that from January 2014 through December 2014, there were 142 injury traffic collisions involving motorcycles and six fatal traffic collisions involving motorcycles in the Ventura CHP Area boundary.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.