Increased enforcement of motorcycle violations

May 29, 2009 1:08:53 PM PDT
As Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month comes to a close, the California Highway Patrol will be increasing enforcement in the Santa Cruz, San Jose, Monterey and Redwood City areas Saturday in an effort to reduce motorcycle-related fatalities.

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CHP officers will be focusing on roads in mountainous areas that tend to attract weekend recreational motorcyclists, according to CHP Officer Brandie Dressel.

High speed, unsafe passing and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs have been blamed for most motorcycle crashes.

Statewide in 2007 there were 13,656 crashes involving motorcyclists. Of those crashes, 465 people were killed and 11,172 were injured, Dressel said.

In Santa Clara County alone, there were 412 crashes involving motorcyclists and eight fatalities in 2007. Another eight people were killed in motorcycle crashes in the county in 2008, Dressel said.

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