Speeding Is the Primary Cause of Motorcycle Crashes
The Santa Monica Police Department deployed additional officers on patrol June 1 and 2, specifically targeting drivers and motorcycle riders who violate traffic laws.
To address the primary causes of motorcycle crashes, which include unsafe speed, improper turning, right-of-way violations, driving under the influence, and unsafe lane changes, law enforcement aims to increase vigilance and enforcement.
Among these factors, speeding stands out as the most prevalent, contributing to nearly one-third of all crashes statewide, according to the department. To ensure the safety of both motorists and motorcyclists, the following guidelines are recommended by the SMPD:
- Always double-check mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles.
- Use turn signals when changing lanes.
- Maintain a safe following distance and avoid tailgating motorcycles.
- Allow sufficient space at intersections before executing turns.
- Wear a helmet and protective gear that meets DOT (Department of Transportation) standards.
- Consider using reflective tape to enhance visibility to other drivers.
- Keep headlights on at all times, even during daylight hours.
- Do not assume that drivers can see you; signal well in advance when changing lanes and remain cautious of turning vehicles.
- While lane splitting is legal, it is advisable to avoid high-speed splitting in free-flowing traffic.
The funding for this program has been made possible through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.