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El Cajon Police are conducting a “motorcycle safety enforcement operation” today throughout the city, targeting both riders and drivers engaging in behaviors that put motorcyclists at risk.

After a steady drop in motorcycle-related accidents and deaths from 2008-2010, incidents have spiked sharply since, prompting the funding of such operations via a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning, and impairment due to alcohol and drugs,” according to Lieutenant Randy Soulard.

In addition to simple “sharing the road” tips like looking for motorcycles before turning or changing lanes, police are recommending all riders receive training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program.

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CaptainObvious Aug. 2, 2013 @ 2:51 p.m.

Since most motorcycle accidents are caused by car drivers who turn in front of them (Hurt report) , perhaps a better target would be drivers who don't signal turns, and are on the phone?

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SurfPuppy619 Aug. 2, 2013 @ 5:12 p.m.

So funny you should mention this, as I bought a beautiful Honda 400 Super Sport back in 1980, and the very first hour I had it a driver pulled a left turn right in front of me and I laid the bike down........stopped riding on the street a short time later, too dangerous

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