CHP to Improve Motorcycle Safety Awareness
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release about their upcoming efforts to improve motorcycle safety awareness throughout the state. The CHP’s federally grant-funded program “Get Educated and Ride Safe” (GEARS) III is going to be a yearlong program to increase awareness about motorcycle safety and step up enforcement efforts statewide. The ultimate goal of the GEARS III program is to reduce the number of motorcycle-involved injury-causing and fatal crashes each year.
Grant Funding to Pay for Motorcycle Safety Campaigns
Funding from this grant will help to increase patrols in areas with a high number of motorcycle crashes. Additionally, the CHP will be able to participate in a variety of educational campaigns including Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May. Motorcycle safety campaigns will focus on issues like helmets for all riders, raising motorist awareness for motorcycles and education about the dangers of traffic violations like speeding and improper turning and driving and riding under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Motorcycle Crashes by The Numbers
- In 2017, there were 5,172 motorcyclist fatalities in crashes across the U.S.
- Between 2016 and 2017, there was a three-percent decrease in motorcyclist fatalities.
- Per vehicle mile traveled in 2017, motorcyclist deaths happened nearly 27 times more frequently than passenger car occupant fatalities in traffic crashes.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that helmets saved 1,872 motorcyclists lives in 2017.
- An additional estimated 749 people could have been saved if all motorcycle riders had worn helmets that year.
Motorcycle Accidents in Southern California
Motorcycle riders are still one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups in California and throughout the nation. Even with helmets and safe riding practices, motorcyclists are still at the mercy of drivers on the road. Sharing the road with a commitment to distraction-free driving is most important way to protect motorcycle riders and keep roadway safe for everybody.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in San Diego or anywhere in Southern California, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.