Long Beach Police Up Motorcycle Safety Patrols
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Dangerous drivers will get special attention by the Long Beach Police┬áDepartment Saturday as officers launch a “Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation.”

An increased number of officers will patrol roadways where motorcycles travel often and where collisions are likey to happen. Officers will also be on the lookout for vehicles breaking traffic rules and reckless driving.

The operation comes only a few months after Long Beach resident Mark Alonso, 51, was killed while riding a Piaggio Scooter after he was hit by a truck on the Pacific Coast Highway near the Traffic Circle in Long Beach.

However, motorcycle accidents and injuries have actually been decreasing in past years, according to a statement by police, bucking a decade-long statewide trend in which California saw a 175 increase of motorcycle deaths from 1998 – 2008.

Since then, the numbers continue to decrease, with only five motorcyclists killed and 132 injured in Long Beach in 2010, according to a police statement, which is down from previous years.

“The terrible trend of rising motorcyclist fatalities has been reversed, though there is more that everyone can do to save more live…………… continues on Patch.com

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