Concord Police to Conduct Specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operations

May 3, 2014 10:00 am · 18 comments

Concord Police will be conducting specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operations on weekends in May in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.

The following information is from the Concord Police Department:

Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes. They will be cracking down on both those operating regular vehicles and motorcycles who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns, or any other dangerous violation.

Motorcycle fatalities saw a phenomenal drop of 37 percent from 2008 to 2010, but then rose 23 percent by 2012. Operations like this are aimed at curbing any more rises in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers back downward.

“Over the course of the past four years, motorcycle collisions have claimed 1 life and resulted in 86 crashes harming 55 of our friends and neighbors,” said Traffic Sergeant Cody Harrison.

California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs. The Concord Police Department is also reminding all motorists to always be alert and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes. Drivers should be aware that motorcycle lane splitting is not illegal if done in a safe and prudent manner. Motorcycle riders should consult the Lane Splitting General Guidelines to learn more:

Riders can get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at or 1-877 RIDE 411 or 1-877-743-3411.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The message to all drivers and motorcyclists is: share in the responsibility and do your part by safely “sharing the road.”

Michelle May 3, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Great program! There have been too many motorcycle fatalities, please ‘Share The Road’ and ride safely riders.

J Mohr May 3, 2014 at 10:44 AM

The police should just go back to basics. I walked from Todo Santos to the library yesterday and 3 times I had to stop and let a motorist pass while I was in a cross walk with a green hand because they didnt even see me. 2 of them were texting. it seems small, but I think it could make a difference,

EZ Rider May 3, 2014 at 10:44 AM

As a rider it would be nice to know where these dangerous intersections are. I guess you’ll know when you get there.

@ EZ Rider May 3, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Good luck finding out. I have asked several times before and never have gotten an answer.

Anon May 3, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Motorcyclists are the biggest problem, and jay walkers.

@anon May 3, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Sounds like bait, I’ll bite, eat a bug. Ride safe
Brothers, Ride long. Watch out because ass’s
like anon, don’t care for anyone except themselves.

Julio May 3, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Text-ers, phone users and illegal crossing of the street are the biggest problems. Not motorcyclists and I am not a motorcyclist.

mutts May 3, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Check for the damn noise they make. Aren’t there laws? I like to see a pretty custom bike but the noise is too much.

Huelga May 3, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Get the texters! It surprises me to still see it despite the hefty fine….

Good May 3, 2014 at 6:41 PM

I think Anon was basically saying that majority of motorcyclists are pompaas on the roads. Majority of them weave in, out and through traffic at high speeds. They are the ones that need to be mindful of the bigger vehicles on the roads!!

anon May 3, 2014 at 7:04 PM

No problem with motorcycles, the moron bicycle riders that don’t obey the traffic laws are the big problem.

Gus May 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Read the story on ktvu about the guy caught doing wheelies at 120mph. Arrogant d bags with a death wish.

Guy brags he is going to buy a faster bike after he is forced to sell his because he won’t submit to a safety class.

You can’t fix stupid or put parachutes on lemmings.

Anon May 3, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Let’s see how many bikes they stop next weekend for the poker ride? This always seems to happen the same weekend as this ride.

crazytech58 May 3, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Motorcycle riders come in two types, the “go like hell, split traffic at unsafe speeds, ride like you cannot die” type….. and the type that know the inherent danger of riding the roads with morons texting, not paying attention to anything around them, driving too damn fast. I would like to say young and stupid for the first type, and older with more common sense for the second…… but as always, have seen exceptions, so won’t play the age bias. As a motorcycle rider myself, have to say that I believe half the problems are vehicle operators being ignorant to rules of the road, proper driving skills (look over your shoulder, look both ways twice) and the other half being motorcyclists with arrogant agressive riding habits. If the two happen to meet on the same roadway….. we all know the result. PLEASE pay attention as a vehicle operator, and to my fellow riders, PLEASE ride safely, we all want to live and share the road equally

ANON May 4, 2014 at 4:47 AM

“Drivers should be aware that motorcycle lane splitting is not illegal if done in a safe and prudent manner”

Hardly ever is it done legally or safely…& when they almost hit you or you almost kill them (no real loss to society) they flip you off as if you are the bad guy. They know no CHP are out there during commute & they can get away with it. As for the loud pipes– of course they are illegal–when you modify them to increase the noise from the factory–it is against the law. Also – look at any Flowmaster equipped car. You think they car if they wake you up… hell NO.

It's pretty simple really May 4, 2014 at 8:57 AM

1. Ride like others don’t see you, because often they don’t.
2. Wear protective, hi visibility clothing. You can buy new clothes but getting new skin is painful.
3. Ride with your high beam on in the daytime–be visible!!
4. Don’t ride like an ass. Slow the hell down.
5. Take an advanced motorcycle skills class, you’ll be surprised what you don’t know.
6. Use both brakes–properly–it’ll save your ass.

Aspirin May 4, 2014 at 9:15 AM

They should also check for excessive noise. Too many bikes’ exhaust systems have been modified to produce illegal noise levels.

Huelga May 4, 2014 at 10:15 AM

I can’t believe someone wouldn’t take a safety class. When I rode while in the military, we were required to take both the beginner and advanced class. For free of course….

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