The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has recently issued a press release about a new grant they’re receiving to increase motorcycle safety and awareness across the state. According to the CHP, there are more than 1.4 million licensed motorcycle riders in California. With the new federal safety grant Get Educated and Ride Safe (GEARS), the CHP hopes to improve safety and awareness for motorcycle riders. Ultimately, the goal is to reduce the amount of motorcycle crashes that happen each year.
Get Educated and Ride Safe
The GEARS program is aimed at improving motorcycle safety education and promoting greater motorcycle awareness for motorists. Officials with the CHP report that in Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2016, the number of motorcycle rider victims increased approximately nine percent from FFY 2015. The GEARS program will also include funding for increased enforcement of motorcycle safety traffic violations, with special emphasis in areas with a large amount of motorcycle incidents.
Motorcycle Crash Stats in The U.S.
- In 2016, there were 5,286 motorcycle riders killed in crashes in the U.S.
- Between 2015 and 2016, there was a 5.1 percent increase in motorcycle rider fatalities across the nation.
- Per vehicle miles traveled in 2016, motorcyclist fatalities happened nearly 28 times more often than passenger car occupant fatalities in traffic crashes.
- An estimated 1,859 lives were saved thanks to motorcycle helmets in 2016.
- An additional estimated 802 lives could have been saved if all motorcycle riders had worn helmets in 2016.
The Importance of Sharing The Road in California …
With GEARS grant funding, the CHP is hoping to improve safety for motorcyclists across the State of California. They will have various public safety campaigns, educational programs and enhanced enforcement operations. Safety campaigns will focus on some of the most hazardous traffic violations like speeding, improper turning and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Finally, motorists are reminded to Share The Road with motorcycle riders and all other roadway users.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.