The Modesto Police Department will conduct a motorcycle safety enforcement operation Thursday. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur.
Officers will look for violations by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes. Police will crack down on those operating both regular vehicles and motorcycles who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns, or committing any other dangerous violation.
Motorcycle fatalities saw a drop of 37 percent from 2008 to 2010, but then rose 23 percent by 2012. Operations like this are aimed at curbing any more rises in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers back downward. Modesto police also remind all motorists to always be alert and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes. Drivers should be aware that motorcycle lane splitting is not illegal if done in a safe and prudent manner.
Motorcycle riders should consult the Lane Splitting General Guidelines to learn more: www.ots.ca.gov/lanesplittinggeneralguidelines.pdf.