California Highway Patrol: Motorcycle Safety Gets Everyone’s Attention

The California Highway Patrol wants motorcyclists to be safe when using their motorcycles. There are over 1.4 million licensed motorcyclists in California. | Adobe Stock

The warm weather and the increasing number of vehicles on California roads are a timely reminder of the importance of motorcycle safety awareness for motorcyclists and motorists.

By recognizing May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is emphasizing safe driving and driving practices for everyone.

“Motorcyclists who are responsible, informed and properly equipped can help reduce biker fatalities and injuries,” CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray said in a press release. “Motorists are also essential in reducing accidents by being aware of the dangers and challenges of riding a motorcycle. Taking the time to look twice for motorcyclists can save a life. “

With over 1.4 million licensed riders, motorcycles are a popular mode of transportation for Californians, another reason motorcycle safety awareness is paramount. Preliminary data from CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System shows more than 500 people were killed in crashes involving motorcycles in California in 2020, and more than 11,500 people were injured.

“Motorcyclists are more vulnerable in the elements, which is why it’s important that drivers always be on the lookout for motorcyclists,” Barbara Rooney, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety, said in the statement.

As part of its ongoing motorcycle safety program, CHP strongly encourages all riders, new and experienced, to enroll in the California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP). CMSP has 98 training sites statewide and trains approximately 55,000 motorcyclists each year. For more information or to find a training site near you, visit Where

Motorcyclists can help protect themselves by always wearing the proper safety equipment, including a helmet that is U.S. Department of Transportation compliant, obeying the speed limit, riding defensively, and always being sober. Drivers should always look at their mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes and always keep a safe distance.

The CHP promotes motorcycle safety with the Get Educated and Ride Safe (GEARS) program, funded by a $ 750,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The eight CHP field divisions will host awareness events to promote motorcycle safety throughout 2021 as part of the GEARS grant.

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