Motorcyclists to be focus of CHP safety effort |

Motorcyclists to be focus of CHP safety effort

It may be great to feel the wind in your face as you tool down El Dorado County’s wonderful roadways on a motorcycle — the best way, many say, to fully enjoy the journey.

But that peaceful pleasure can quickly disappear with the shriek of metal on metal, followed by the jarring crash as the speeding motorcycle slides out of control into a car that had just pulled onto the rural roadway.

While the above scenario shows it could just as easily be the fault of the car driver pulling out in front of the motorcycle, motorcyclists need to understand that their vehicle is not as readily visible — almost invisible, to some car and truck drivers — and they need to take personal responsibility for their own protection. Speeding won’t allow the quick decision needed to avoid the collision and while the size of motorcycles make them sometimes hard to see, motorcycle riders too can cause accidents resulting in injury or death.

Because many motorcycle-involved accidents throughout California are the result of aggressive driving or speeding, the California Highway Patrol statewide will begin an accident prevention program next month.

Local offices will be deploying enhanced motorcycle safety enforcement beginning Aug. 1 and continuing through Sept. 30.

The increased enforcement will be funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety under the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The added enforcement will result in CHP patrols watching for motorcycles that are being driven at unsafe speeds, following too closely, making unsafe lane changes, making improper or illegal turns and other factors that could result in mishap.

While the CHP always is on the lookout for unsafe drivers of any type vehicle, the campaign to reduce motorcycle-related accidents is intended throw a little extra effort into keeping that bike from sliding under the car.

For more information call 530-622-1110.

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