Bakersfield Police prepares for more patrols
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Bakersfield Police are going to be out in force, watching out for dangers on the road.  The program they’re using to keep you and motorcycle riders safe.

The special safety enforcement is an operation aimed at reducing crashes involving motorcycles.  Extra officers are being assigned to areas where the most accidents have been reported.

Last year, Bakersfield Police investigated close to 50 motorcycle crashes.  

Karen Briefer-Gose uses her motorcycle to get around town.

“I just love the feeling of freedom it gives me. Its just a sensation unlike any other and I just love doing it,” she said.

She started riding young and learned early on about the risks involved in operating a motorcycle.

“The most important thing is to make sure you’re seen. don’t assume a driver sees you.  Always drive defensively,” she said.

May is the start of a special enforcement project.  More Bakersfield officers will be on patrol looking for drivers and riders who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns or any other dangerous violations.

“We have to be a good example. I think riders should be out there playing by the rules. Don’t drive drunk. Dont’ ride drunk,” she said.

Bakersfield officers investigated 48 motorcycle collisions in 2012.  32 were injury coll…………… continues on KERO-TV 23

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AUSTIN, Texas- AUSTIN — In an effort to reverse a 5-percent year-over-year increase in motorcycle crash fatalities, the Texas Department of Transportation is launching its month-long “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” campaign. Starting May 1, the campaign will coincide with the first day of national Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

“Drivers who hit motorcyclists often say they never saw them,” said John Barton, TxDOT deputy executive director. “Our roads in Texas are crowded, so we all have to stay alert and be on the lookout for motorcyclists. For those driving cars and trucks, we urge you to check your mirrors, leaving extra room and use turn signals in order to prevent crashes and save lives.”

In Texas last year, crashes killed 494 motorcyclists. That is up from 470 motorcycle-related deaths in 2…………… continues on Laredo Sun

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