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Watch Out: Police On the Prowl Tonight for Bike-Pedestrian, Motorcycle Violations:

Extra traffic officers will be on duty today between 4 and 8 pm patrolling areas frequented by motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists and where bike and pedestrian traffic and collisions are prevalent, along with the violations that led to those collisions. 

Officers will be looking for violations engaged in by drivers, bike riders, and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries. Special attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs replique montre de luxe and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks, and similar dangerous violations.

Additionally, enforcement will be taken for observed violations when pedestrians cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Bike riders will be stopped and citations issued when they fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists. 

Extra traffic officers will also be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle collisions are prevalent. Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle accidents. Their efforts will focus on drivers and riders who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns, and engaging in unsafe and/or hazardous behavior.

Motorcycle fatalities saw a sharp drop of 37 percent from years 2008 to 2010, but the trend reversed by 2012 with a marked 23 percent increase. Operations like this are aimed at curbing and reversing the upswing in motorcycle deaths. 

California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved collisions include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs by both riders and drivers alike.

All riders are reminded to always wear a helmet; those under 18 years of age must wear helmets by law. Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or at corners. 

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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