Concord Police to Conduct Specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operations

May 7, 2014 16:00 pm · 17 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.”

Dwight Schrute May 7, 2014 at 4:29 PM

How about decibel testing coming from their tailpipes?

ANON May 7, 2014 at 6:03 PM

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

Hardly ever done & they flip you off when you honk at them.

Stop them all- tow for no Class M M/C license
run all for warrants
cite for no insurance
this is really easy
stop them all

@anon May 7, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Hey anon, remember I told you to eat a bug,
forget that, eat a toad. Oh and I am flipping you
off right now.

Locusts May 7, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Ride safe everyone, and beware of the Beatboxers and Minivan Moms. They aren’t looking at the road.

Pro Fi May 7, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Yeah…. then do the same for those on 4 wheels. Should relieve a lot of congestion.

Pro Fi May 7, 2014 at 6:55 PM

@1 – So does that mean we get to take off all those after market exhausts on Japanese Compacts? Huge Trucks? Classic Muscle cars? All for it!

anon anon May 7, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Loud exhaust is only for those that do not own a home. They have to make everyone else miserable because they themselves are.

Anon May 7, 2014 at 7:25 PM

How about asking them, do you use your horn or do you rev your engine when you want cars to get out of your way.

Anon May 7, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Can’t wait for the Richmond poker run this weekend it should be fun to watch the concord PD run from the bikers.

Suzanne May 8, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Anon, don’t be so hard on these gambling, dtrtbag motorcyclists chasing a gamble.

Rider May 8, 2014 at 8:41 AM

The Box drivers are not scott free here. I was making a LEFT turn into MY driveway and I was waiting for a oncoming car. after the car had passed the car behind me PASS me on the left hit me and kept going I followed HER to the school where she picked up her child. WOW!!!

Rider May 8, 2014 at 8:45 AM

“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.”

AND where do all the BOX drivers get their TRAINING?????????????

Mac May 8, 2014 at 9:58 AM

The best way to learn how to ride a motorcycle, is to start out on a smaller dirt bike at a young age.
And make your mistakes on dirt or sand.

To wait till you are 16 or older.
And start out on a bigger street bike on the roads, is just tough to do.
I`m not saying it can`t be done.
It`s just the first mistake you make may be your last.

It`s tough enough to learn how to ride correctly on dirt or sand.
Let alone try doing it on the crazy roads around here.

My opinion, you need to know how to ride your bike 100% before you even think about getting on a road.
The other drivers are hard enough to deal with when you know how to ride.
It would be impossible to do both at the same time. (again, my opinion)

So if i had a person wanting to learn how to ride.
I would only do so, if they started out off road.
With a smaller bike.

To get a street bike weighting a lot, with lots of power.
And putting it on the road, with a person who doesn`t know how to ride.
Is just plain stupid.

And don`t think going to a class on a weekend will replace the need to start off correctly.
Because no one learns how to ride a motorcycle in a few hours or a weekend.
And if you think it does, you don`t know JACK

Next year i will have been on the roads driving for 40 years.
But i started out on a mini bike (moving up sizes as i got older)
And did most of my mistakes on sand.
Allowing me to move onto the roadway when the time came.

So please do not think you can be a non-rider on Friday, and a person ready to ride the roads on Monday.
It just does not work that way, in todays world.

Pro Fi May 8, 2014 at 5:31 PM

@ Mac – I agree with you 100%. With that said however, the MSP is a great program.. I have been through a number of their courses and have learned a lot. BTW.. not a weekend warrior… my cruiser was my main source of transportation rain or shine, before I was hit by a cager (rear ended at a red light….. hmmmmmm who needs the lessons?

Mac May 9, 2014 at 7:51 AM

Oh i don`t mean to down play these lessons at all.
I think they are good to have under your belt.
You can never get enough info on how to be safe on the roads.

But i just don`t want people thinking these lessons will take a bad motorcylce rider.
And turn them into someone that is ready to be on the roads daily.

Because with the traffic around here now.
You need to be on your toes at all times.
Or you will be in a bed or a grave shortly.

So i say “Hell Yes” take these lessons.
None of us know it all.

HarleyChevrolet May 9, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Hey Dwight… those loud pipes are necessary because the number 1 reason “cage” drivers have an accident with a motorcycle is; “I didn’t see them”. Hear us before you see us motto!

Yes there are motorcyclist that do not obey the “lane splitting” GUIDELINES (not laws) just like “cagers”. Most cagers are haters because they are slaves to traffic while the biker can keep moving.

Tell me… how many motorcyclist do you see TEXTING, TALKING, EATING, DRINKING, READING, APPLYING MAKEUP, SHAVING while we ride????? NONE. We are playing Hypersonic Road Chess. As motorcyclist we have to calculate EVERYTHING cagers overlook. If everyone that drove a car knew how to ride a motorcycle correctly, the roads would be much less deadly.

Pro Fi May 9, 2014 at 7:50 PM


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