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Motorcycle And Bicycle Safety Awareness

February is Motorcycle and Bicycle Safety and Awareness month in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Here's a message from the Santa Clarita Sheriff's Station:  

 

The United States Department of Transportation (NHTSA) reports the following in their 2007 Action Plan to Reduce Motorcycle Fatalities: While significant progress has occurred in reducing fatalities among passenger vehicle occupants, motorcycle fatalities have been rising steadily since 1997, and currently represent our Nation’s greatest highway traffic safety challenge.

 

In 2006, motorcycle rider fatalities continued their nine-year increase, reaching 4,810 (a 5% increase from 2005) and exceeding the number of pedestrian fatalities for the first time since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began collecting fatal motor vehicle crash data in 1975. In 2005, the motorcycle fatality rate was 73 per 100,000 registered motorcycles.

 

By comparison, the fatality rate in the same year for passenger vehicles per 100,000 registrations was 14. This trend has been so pronounced that motorcycle fatalities have for all practical purposes offset the gain in lives saved resulting from higher seat belt use and improved passenger vehicle safety. Motorcycle rider fatalities now account for 11 percent of total fatalities, and dramatically affect the Nation’s overall highway fatality rate.

 

February is Motorcycle and Bicycle Safety Awareness month in the Santa Clarita Valley. Did you know that a separate driver’s license classification from the DMV is required before you can legally ride a motorcycle on city streets.  Did you know that of the 60 motorcycle related accidents we had in the City of Santa Clarita last year, nearly 40% of them involved unlicensed motorcycle drivers. Parents, you need to know that of the four fatal traffic collisions last year, three of them were motorcycle riders and this year isn't looking any better with two fatalities occurring already. 

 

On behalf of the Sheriff Department and the City of Santa Clarita, Captain Anthony La Berge would like to urge parents to enroll their teens in a motorcycle safety class before purchasing a motorcycle or allowing them to ride a motorcycle. It is a fact that unfamiliarity with the motorcycle and failure to complete a motorcycle safety test through the DMV, as well as speeding were direct contributing factors in nearly every fatality motorcycle accident in the Santa Clarita Valley in 2007.  Please. 

 

Help us help keep your sons and daughters safe. More information about motorcycle safety, bicycle safety and safety classes offered locally, are detailed below. You will also find many links to several websites that offer hundreds of motorcycle and bicycle related safety tips. Take a minute and think about personal safety. Remember: Public Safety is everyone’s business.  Let’s all make Santa Clarita a safe place to live, work and play.  

 

Motorcycle Safety & Training Course

Did you Know…? A motorcycle rider safety/training course, sponsored by the California Highway Patrol, is available right here in the Santa Clarita Valley. The course is offered by the Nelson Motorcycle Training Center and is held on the weekends at the College of the Canyons parking lot. Upon successful completion of the course all students receive a California Motorcyclist Safety Program course completion card and a DMV Certificate, which will take the place of the DMV skill test for your Class M motorcycle license. For additional information or to find a safety course in your area, visit the following website: California Motorcyclist Safety Program or call (800) 593-7909.

What Causes Many Motorcycle Accidents?

Lack of basic riding skills.
Failure to appreciate the inherent operating characteristics.
Failure to appreciate the limitations of the motorcycle.
Failure to use special precautions while riding.
Failure to use defensive driving techniques.
Lack of specific braking and cornering skills.
Failure to follow the speed limit.
Motorcycle Safety Tips:
Treat other motorists with courtesy and respect.
Avoid tailgating.
Avoid riding between lanes of slow moving or stopped traffic.
Know and obey traffic laws, including ordinances in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Avoid excessive noise by leaving the stock muffler in place or using a muffler with equivalent noise reduction.
Use signals when appropriate.
Wear appropriate protective gear.
Additional Resources:
California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
The California Department of Motor Vehicles has several publications pertaining to motorcycle laws, safety and awareness. One of the most thorough and useful is the California Motorcycle Handbook.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website has several motorcycle and bicycle California Department of Motor Vehicles has several publications pertaining to motorcycle laws, safety and awareness. One of the most thorough and useful is the California Motorcycle Handbook.

Bicycle Safety Tips:
 

The City of Santa Clarita has more than 20 miles of picturesque trails designed for bicycle commuting and recreational use. Residents can access parks, entertainment and shopping centers from these trails. In addition to using these trails, many Santa Clarita Valley residents choose to ride bicycles on the public roadways. February is Motorcycle and Bicycle Safety Awareness month in the City of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station would like to remind you of a few important safety tips pertaining to bicycle riding on the roadways and use of the trails:

Always wear an approved bicycle helmet every time you ride. If you are under the age of 18, it's the law.

When using trails after dark, wear reflective clothing, and use a light and reflectors. Remember, its the law when riding after dark that you must have a forward white light and rear and side reflectors on your bicycle.

Keep you bicycle in good condition. Check brakes, tires, tire pressure and handle bars every time you ride.

Ride defensively, be alert, and watch for traffic and other trail users.

Make sure your bicycle is not too big or small. You should be able to straddle your bicycle comfortably, with both feet touching flat on the ground.

Be familiar with your bicycle and equipment.
Ride single-file and only one person on a bicycle.
Ride on the right side of the trail, follow lane markings, and use hand signals for turning, slowing or stopping.
Always ride on the right side of the roadway and with the flow of traffic.
Additional Resources:
California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
The California Department of Motor Vehicles has several publications pertaining to bicycle laws, safety and awareness. One of the most thorough and useful is the 10 Smart Routes to Bicycle Safety which lists the following safety tips:
Protect Your Head – Wear A Helmet.
Assure Bicycle Readiness. Make Sure Your Bicycle is Adjusted Properly.
Stop It. Always Check Brakes Before Riding.
See and Be Seen.
Avoid Biking At Night.
Stay Alert. Always Keep A Lookout for Obstacles in Your Path.
Go With The Flow. The Safe Way is The Right Way.
Check for Traffic. Always be Aware of The Traffic Around You.
Learn Rules of The Road. Obey Traffic Laws.
Don't Flip Over Your Bicycle. Wheels Should Be Securely Fastened.
Read more on the DMV website by clicking here: 10 Smart Routes to Bicycle Safety

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website has several bicycle safety tips. Visit the following link for additional information: NHTSA Bicycle Safety Program.

Riding Safely = Arriving Safely
 
What To Do In the Event of an Inmate Escape from the Pitchess Detention Center:
 

Do you know what to do in the event of an inmate escape from the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic?

In addition to normal notification protocols, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station will post an alert on the front page of the SCVSheriff.com website anytime there is an inmate escape from the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic. The alert will have specific information about the escape, the suspect who is being sought and any public safety related considerations. The alert will also include a link to pertinent safety information that should be followed during any escape. Outlined below and available for print, are precautionary steps you should take in the event of any inmate escape.

Motorcycle And Bicycle Safety Awareness

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