RBPD operation aims to improve motorcycle safety
News from Red Bluff Daily News:

The Red Bluff Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Saturday, July 19, in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.

Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes. They will be cracking down on both those operating regular vehicles and motorcyclists who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns, or 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.

Primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs by both riders and drivers alike.

The department is reminding all motorists to always be alert and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes.

Riders can get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at …………… continues on Red Bluff Daily News

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Community Shines Light on Motorcycle Safety After Tragic Death
News from YourErie:

July 18, 2014 – Thousands of bikers will be on the roadways in Erie this weekend. The “look twice save a life,” mantra is hitting home for many local and out of town motorcyclists especially after William Stablein, Sr. was killed in a motorcycle crash Thursday evening.

Experts urge both bikers and drivers to keep an open eye and ear on the roadways as distracted driving is becoming a bigger issue. “With that many bikes in town, there’s such an increase that people aren’t watching for them normally. It’s just gonna be scary this weekend and both sides have to be watching out for one another,” Vince Rizzone, founder of Mission Riders, said.

PennDOT is stressing motorists drive with care as the electronic billboards on the highways urge drivers to look out for motorcycles.

“You have to anticipate that person is not gonna see me and what am I gonna do if they pull out in front of me. Maybe it’s a thing where you slow down a little bit and flash your lights,” Rizzone said.

Bob Menzies from the Murrysville Alliance Church in Murrysville, Pa. says he will pray for his fellow bikers all weekend long but he stresses this; “Safety is something you can’t ever let up on. Be on top of it and aware so easy to just forget safety.”

Some members of the biker community said they will hold special prayer services to pay tribute to William Stable…………… continues on YourErie

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