As California continues to experience a rise in the number of motorcycle-involved collision deaths and injuries, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is increasing its focus to keep motorcyclists safe.
The number of victims from motorcycle-involved collisions in CHP jurisdiction has increased every year since 2013. Without continued attention on motorcycle education and enforcement, these numbers will continue to rise as more Californians choose motorcycles for work, weekend getaways, and entertainment.
To address the problem, the CHP implemented the “Have A Good Ride III” (HAGR III) program to promote motorcycle safety and awareness. From Oct. 1, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2017, the goal of the HAGR III grant is to reduce the number of motorcycle-involved fatal and injury collisions, and the number of victims of these collisions.
“With a combination of grant-funded education and enforcement efforts, we strive to raise awareness and reinforce the concept of sharing the road in order to save lives,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said.
In regions with higher numbers of motorcycle incidents, CHP officers will increase motorcycle safety enforcement operations. Motorcycle traffic safety education campaigns, including the “May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month” and a summer safety campaign by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will be conducted at appropriate venues. The campaigns will promote the use of properly approved helmets for all riders, raise motorists’ awareness of sharing the road with motorcyclists, and urge riders to refrain from actions most commonly identified in motorcycle-involved collisions, such as speeding, improper turning, and driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Throughout the HAGR III campaign, the CHP will work with the California Department of Transportation to display “Share the Road – Look Twice for Motorcyclists” on changeable message signs on state highways.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.